In my opinion, the tags clustered around and have gotten out of hand. All these tags: , , , mean basically the same thing, no?

How should we clean up this situation?

3 Answers 3


I'd scrap 'em all.

  • Some people use grammar and its derivatives to designate matters of morphology and concord. This was the most common use among English professors when I was young.

  • Some people use them to designate sentential well-formedness: morphology-and-syntax, as distinct from phonology on one side and discourse semantics on the other. This appears be the most common use among English professors today.

  • Some people use them to designate whatever is acceptable to a more or (usually) less well informed 'authority' on 'usage'. This appears to be the most common use among native-speaker laypeople.

  • Some people use them in more or less the sense of Chomsky's Syntactic Structures, equivalent to "acceptable to a native speaker". This appears to be the most common use among our non-native-speaker visitors.

It seems to me that these terms have no consistent meaning, certainly not a meaning which makes it useful for searching or for informing users what a question is about.

  • Scrap them all... to be replaced by nothing? Or a new tag taxonomy? Could you propose some specifics? Commented May 18, 2014 at 21:00
  • @200_success I'm not at all clear what tags are good for, so I'm the wrong guy to ask. But if you do see a use for one or more tags that suggest one or more of these meanings, start with the semantics. Commented May 18, 2014 at 21:54

Replace every tag with . No one here makes any practical distinctions between any of these tags, and as far as I can tell, it's unlikely that future users are going to start.

At a minimum, boiling these tags down to the two ELU uses is preferable to keeping the four we have now. But if you want to keep two tags, vote for 200_success's answer rather than this one; this answer is about keeping only one tag.


I propose the synonym:

Since only has one question, I've proposed an edit to retag it as .

English.SE has separate tags for [grammar] and [grammaticality], so perhaps we should maintain that distinction here too. (Consistency with English.SE, even if their tag taxonomy is not ideal, would at least facilitate migration of questions between sites.)


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