What is the purpose of ? Isn't there any other tag that would, even partially, be used instead of ? For example, the history of a word is its etymology; if I am asking for the etymology, I use , not .

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I think my question What is the historic process for converting vulgar words into simply rude words? fits a tag of history. The question is asking about more than the history of a specific word but rather an entire group or class of words. The language-evolution tag was apt so I also chose it.

I am not strongly attached to any of the tags and would be happy with any decisions so long as the tags themselves get a good description of what should be in that category. If, for instance, the etymology tag's wiki told me that it was most appropriate for the type of question I had asked I would have done so.

  • The excerpt for the etymology tag is the following: "Etymology is the study of the history of words and their origins."
    – apaderno
    Mar 25, 2011 at 21:05
  • I guess I interpreted "words" as "individual words" not "words and groups of words." My bad.
    – MrHen
    Mar 25, 2011 at 21:09

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