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We have a few questions about the selection of particular words in a phrase or poem. Examples:

Language in A View from the Bridge

What is the rhetorical purpose of the description of Miss Emily?

Since we do tag sub-topics within literature with things like "character-analysis", I'm thinking it might be useful and appropriate to have a tag for questions like these.

Apparently the literate term for this is "lexis" but I reckon it best if we just stick with the much more user friendly "word-choice".

Thoughts? Happy to do the tagging myself if it's agreed as a good idea.

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    Apropos of nothing, congrats on 4k rep! It's great to have more people with Trusted User powers :-D – Rand al'Thor Nov 21 '17 at 12:24
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    @Randal'Thor Thanks. I've nearly got as much rep here in a year as it's taken me 8 years to accrue on SO. Now I just need to find some way to abuse my new privileges! – Matt Thrower Nov 21 '17 at 13:17
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    I've gone ahead and created a tag called wording-choice to add it to these questions. I'll leave the tag wiki to you :-) – Rand al'Thor Nov 26 '17 at 12:24
  • @Randal'Thor thanks, have edited the wiki and added a few more questions to the tag. – Matt Thrower Nov 28 '17 at 9:04
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In principle, yes, there should be a tag for this as there could be many useful questions in this regard.

However, I'm not convinced that is a good name for it. It implies the choice of a single word, not the phraseology of a passage. Maybe something like , which I admit can probably be improved upon.

Alternatively, go with to be accurate, then, if other ways of stating it come up, synonymise the tags to point at the master.

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    How about wording-choice? "Wording" doesn't necessarily suggest just a single word. – Rand al'Thor Nov 21 '17 at 16:19
  • @rand-althor maybe choice-of-words ? We just need to pick one and I'll get tagging – Matt Thrower Nov 21 '17 at 22:17
  • I vote for wording-choice. That covers individual words and entire turns of phrase. "Lexis" to me means the law library, and some people are going to think it's a typo for the automotive brand. – Lauren Ipsum Nov 27 '17 at 10:55
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I recommend replacing with this new tag. Meaning is an incredibly vague tag, so vague that it's used inconsistently and doesn't really have any real purpose. Word choice or whatever you choose to go with seems like a more specific alternative.

I also recommend starting with a few questions, and seeing if the tag catches on first.

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