These tags are all used similarly:

What should be done about them?

  • you missed adage, aphorism, axiom.... Aug 16, 2011 at 20:30
  • @adolf: I'd enjoy a rigorous, axiom-based German language.
    – Tim
    Aug 16, 2011 at 20:35

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I feel that and are clearly defined, and that we should impose their correct usage by retagging and comments. The tags , and are more diffuse, so the two other tags should be preferred over these.

And just to make my understanding of idioms and proverbs explicit I'll quote www.thefreedictionary.com: an idiom is "a speech form [...] that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements", but a proverb is "a short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept."

Therefore "ins Fettnäpfchen treten" is an idiom, while "Morgenstund’ hat Gold im Mund" is a proverb.

  • Do you suggest that we retag all the expressions/phrase/phrases questions to idioms or proverbs?
    – Tim
    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:30
  • If we did it with old questions everything would float to the top, but for questions posed from now on we can do it, yes. But do everything that is tagged with expressions, phrase or phrases really fit into the categories idioms or proverbs? The phrase "Grüß Gott" is neither idiom nor proverb, nicht wahr?
    – Stovner
    Jun 22, 2011 at 17:56
  • I'd say keep [idioms], [proverbs] and [phrases]
    – BudgieInWA
    Jun 23, 2011 at 13:05

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