I saw that we have both and .


Is useful since we already have ?

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    difference, word-difference, and word-choice seem to be used interchangeably, often at the same time.
    – user230
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 16:37
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    Ironically, there doesn't seem to be much difference.
    – Damien H
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 0:05
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    @snailboat Ideally, word choice is where you have a certain context and need to find the right word to put in that context, while word difference would be the general differences between two words. Whether or not that ideal is realized is another matter.
    – corsiKa
    Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 22:35

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It looks like there isn't enough interest in the merge to do it or kill it, so we'll just keep things the way they are.

The tag is used three times more than . In my opinion, doesn't have a meaningful distinction from and the tags should be merged.

The description of word-difference is:

For questions about differences in meaning or use between related words or words with similar meanings.

The description of difference is:

This tag is for questions about the difference in meaning between certain words, or phrases.

I think we should rewrite the description of the difference tag to be:

For questions about differences in meaning or usage between words or phrases with similar meanings.

If you agree that should be merged into , up-vote this answer. If you disagree, please leave a comment or answer explaining why and down-vote this answer.

  • And if we neither agree nor disagree? [difference], like [sentences], is another excuse for a bunch of totally different questions to come under the same roof. Why not get rid of both tags?
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Oct 29, 2016 at 14:39
  • @M.A.R. That's a different proposal. Merging the tags doesn't prevent us from getting rid of difference in the future.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Oct 29, 2016 at 15:34

Actually, to me it seems that is too broad to be useful; I am not sure is useful too. At least the latter seems to suggest it applies to words, but in both the cases, they are not defining exactly what difference the tags are for.
is much more useful, IMO, since it says the question is about which word should be used in a specific context; in other words, it specifies to which difference the OP is interested.

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