I ran across this question today, currently tagged :

  Difference between the kanjis for "tears/なみだ": 涙 and 泪

I wanted to retag it , but as I typed the word kanji the tag popped up as another suggestion, and I couldn't figure out how to distinguish them.

Here are the tag wiki excerpts, describing how they're intended to be used:

  • (19 questions)

    Questions in the japanese language that are related to choosing the right Kanji [sic]

  • (72 questions)

    異字同音・異字同訓. Questions concerned with the fact that many kanji (漢字) may share a reading or pronunciation.

Right now, I'm not sure how to choose between them when tagging. It seems like they're both basically about the same thing – the difference between multiple ways to write words that either are the same or sound the same with different kanji.

Should we merge these tags? Or is there a reason to keep them separate? If so, how do I distinguish between them when tagging?

1 Answer 1


there is a question about the choice between ~代 and ~費 that would be tagged with but not with . But I suppose we could just as well tag it with

  • Someone might also tag that question with [nuances].
    – Earthliŋ Mod
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 7:10
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    It does seem, though, like the question isn't actually about choosing kanji per se, just about the difference between two words that happen to be written with different kanji. So I think word-choice makes more sense for that question.
    – user1478
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 7:20

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