I don't know if there should be a single thread for proposed tag synonyms, but I'll go ahead and leave this relatively generic in case that's desirable (and assuming there's not already a thread for this I've missed).

One issue that might be controversial is the fact that "common use" and technical meaning may not by identical. This could be a problem when using or misusing tags like homophones, homonyms, look-alikes, and homographs.

(I see that much of this has been discussed in Tags and technical terms ).

Are users expected to correctly tag these? Should there be a single catch-all (or catch-many) category? Or should corrections be up to other users, possibly leaving these changed and/or corrected without comment?

Anyway, here are a couple that look like they should be merged or synonymized:


  • I'm actually voting to close this question. A generic "tag duplicates" question is too broad -- I suggest that you post a separate question for the specific tag suggestions that you have. May 2, 2011 at 13:02

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Orthography means "the conventional spelling system of a language." Spelling generally refers to how a word is written.

I think that most of the questions tagged with should be really tagged with , if they are not questions about the conventional spelling systen of English.

seems more abstract than . If I would have to choose between the two, I would opt for .

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    I don't have any problem with any of these options, but I would like to see them merged.
    – jbelacqua
    Mar 29, 2011 at 18:35

I'm not excited about either of these categories, but I can see their utility:

I would recommend merging those. I think ESL is more appropriate, but I don't know if it is better or worse as a tag for those who need it. 'Learning' is too general, in my opinion.


"Semantics" is the linguistic field that deals with the meanings (of words, phrases, sentences). As we are not talking about linguistic semantics as a science here on this site, it is actually used in the same place as "meaning" and not as something more abstract. I think that should be kept and should be a synonym.

If this site featured discussions about the meaning of words and also about semantics as a science, then it would be a valid tag. I think tags should generally indicate what a question is about.

Therefore, I would also vote to keep as a tag and as one of its synonyms.

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