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These tags are all used similarly:

What should be done about them?

  • you missed adage, aphorism, axiom.... – adolf garlic Aug 16 '11 at 20:30
  • @adolf: I'd enjoy a rigorous, axiom-based German language. – Tim Aug 16 '11 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 '11 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 '11 at 17:56
  • I'd say keep [idioms], [proverbs] and [phrases] – BudgieInWA Jun 23 '11 at 13:05

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