There seems to be some posts with the tag that i think should be either change to or made synonyms of etymology.

This question is slightly related to Should we consolidate the history and etymology tags? but figured before i should check with everyone what the best course of action may be.

I don't think most people know the word etymology, and thus we'll continue to see tags like "word-origins" and "origins" pop-up over time. For this reason, I am in favor of making them synonyms as opposed to deleting the tag "word-origin"

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    Makes sense to me.
    – Amanda S
    Commented Jun 12, 2011 at 5:33
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    I'll admit I didn't know the word "etymology" until I started seeing it on this site.
    – Troyen
    Commented Jun 12, 2011 at 8:53
  • Yep, making them synonyms sounds good.
    – Boaz Yaniv
    Commented Jun 12, 2011 at 19:04
  • since i lack the rep to make a synonym, can someone do this for me please? Commented Jun 12, 2011 at 23:48

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I would make word-origin a synonym of etymology, which is broader, but not in a way useful for our purposes.

I would leave history separate though.

  • yeah, i'm fine will history being seperate, per the conversation in the other thread. Commented Jun 12, 2011 at 15:08

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