I think these are tag synonyms:

They basically do the same thing, but not mean the same thing. You get the difference through comparison. I think they should be tag synonyms.

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    It's a bit problematic when a meta post explicitly advocates a specific course of action. I want to upvote because this is an important issue, but I want to downvote because I don't think OP's proposed "tag merge" is the right thing to do. It would be better if the OP had asked "Should we do something about comparison and difference" tags?", and posted his own suggestion as an answer we could all vote on. Votes for/against the question itself would then more clearly indicate whether people care about doing anything in this area. Commented Jul 11, 2014 at 15:06

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Certainly, I think some of the questions tagged should have been tagged , but they serve different purposes; as a first thought, can actually refer to questions about words that refer to comparison.

However, as it is, the tag descriptions are unclear, and perhaps we should be editing the questions to identify those that should have tags instead. It really depends on the perspective, but they're not the same thing in the end; maybe just a tag description edit will suffice.

On the other hand, there are so few questions tagged anyway, so just quickly, I think there are only a couple of questions I can find where it wouldn't be appropriate to re-tag as :

I'll leave it to the mods and the community, though, but I don't think they're synonymous.

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    Personally, I would rather have differences and either comparatives or comparative-constructions or such.
    – user230
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 10:54
  • @snail yeah, that seems like a reasonable change; I think people are defaulting to comparison because they're comparing, rather than because the question is about comparatives, which IMO is closer to the spirit o f the tag.
    – jimsug
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 10:59

I think we've got something of a use–mention distinction here. We need to distinguish...

1: questions asking for the difference between two or more alternative ways of expressing something
2: questions about usages involving comparison (e.g. - metaphors, similes)
3: questions about the use of comparatives and superlatives (such as better, worst)

Personally, I'd be in favour of using the above highlighted words for those particular senses So far as I'm concerned, the (currently, 31) existing instances of should thus be re-tagged .

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