As it stands the and tags are two separate tags.

They share an almost identical excerpt:

's excerpt:

Questions related to the definition and nuance of meaning of a word or phrase

's excerpt:

This tag is for questions related to definitions and nuances of meaning of a word or phrase.

Is there any reason to not synonymize the narrower to the broader , much as it has been done already on English Language & Usage?

I agree that technically is a subset of , and that reasonably by synoymizing to browsing questions / answers tagged would end up showing also questions / answers tagged , but as it stands browsing questions tagged won't show questions tagged , which should instead. Another point is: is it really important to distinguish between the meaning of a word or a, say, phrase when looking up questions / answers? Shouldn't the purpose of the tag be to group questions about the meaning of a word under in general? Wouldn't it be more convenient expecially when browsing questions?

Also, quoting the related FAQ on Meta.SE:

In some cases, tags that are subsets of other tags will also be considered synonyms, such as for .

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Many thanks for your suggestions, @kos.

Initially, we wanted to keep for the meaning of single words, while leaving for expressions or a combination of words (even if they don't form a proper phrase). The reason for such a distinction is that sometimes users don't ask for the meaning of the whole phrase - they want to know just the meaning of a word in a certain context. Note that EL&U has separate tags for "meaning in context" and "single word requests," which we don't have on Italian.SE.
Still, I think you are right in underlining that browsing questions tagged should also show questions tagged . If other users will agree with you, please, feel free to add a tag synonym.

  • Thanks for your answer, If there's going to be agreement on this I'll surely will as long as I have enough reputation to do so, or I'll kindly ask someone else to do that for me. I think a score of 10 would be an appropriate threshold; if someone disagrees on this please let me know.
    – kos
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 18:42
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    I agree with @kos. In addition, that would be consistent with the fact that the tag "usage" has been defined as a synonym of the tag "word-usage". But I would like to know the opinion of other users.
    – Charo Mod
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 6:53
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    As @kos has suggested, I think a good way to express that we agree with this idea would be to vote this answer.
    – Charo Mod
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 6:54

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