The is one I just created, and I think it's more of a complete thought than simply the ? Can we make a synonym of ? (There's only one question tagged .)

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    How is it more of a complete thought? People know "and the moral of the story is..." Tags should relate to what people use. Regardless, saying that there's only one question tagged "moral" isn't much of an argument when there's also only one question tagged "morality".
    – Catija
    Jan 24, 2017 at 3:30
  • @Catija morality is a complete thought in that it's a noun that can refer to questions regarding morals.
    – fi12
    Jan 24, 2017 at 3:34
  • I don't think we should be tagging single word concepts as they appear in books at all. That's kind of a reductionist way of thinking about what literary questions are and do.
    – user80
    Jan 24, 2017 at 4:49
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    "moral" and "morality" don't mean the same thing. Morality has to do with the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, while a moral is a lesson to be learned from a story.
    – kristan
    Jan 24, 2017 at 6:13

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As @kristan mentioned in the comments, these are not the same thing.

A moral is a lesson that can be learned from the story.

Morality is a concept about differentiating between right and wrong.

So, no, we should not merge them.

As @BESW pointed out, 'moral' can also mean right/wrong. However, in literature, a 'moral' has a very specific meaning, and these aren't the same thing.

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    You might want to mention that "moral" as defined here is literary jargon. It also means what fi12 is talking about, but in a literature context the jargon definition can be assumed.
    – BESW
    Jan 24, 2017 at 11:06
  • I updated the tag wiki to clarify this point.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Jan 24, 2017 at 15:46
  • @Randal'Thor I approved the edits :)
    – Mithical Mod
    Jan 24, 2017 at 15:54

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