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:


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  • 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. – JSBձոգչ May 2 '11 at 13:02

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 '11 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.

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"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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