I have noticed a significant number of questions worded as:
What is the difference between [first word] and [other word]?
Some of differences are really interesting distinctions that stimulate excellent answers. Others are completely inane and could be solved by simply pulling up the words in your local dictionary.
I don't personally have a problem with this form of question but I am getting a little tired of feeling like the person asking the question is (a) really lazy or (b) already knows what the answer is.
The most charitable view would treat these questions as coming from people who do not know English well or those genuinely curious about the finer points of word definition.
The least charitable view would treat these questions as coming from people who are completely unable to find interesting questions to ask so they recycle old questions with new words.
I am fine answering these until the cows come up but I had not noticed a meta discussion about it and wanted to hear what the community thinks of the subject.
And also: Is there a good tag to use to stick all of these into the same bucket?