# What is with the ground tags?

We have several tags that are synonymous: , , . At the least we should roll grounding and earthing into the same tag. What do you think?

• I've merged earthing and grounding, and left ground alone for now. – W5VO May 23 '19 at 21:31
• Awesome, thanks – Voltage Spike May 23 '19 at 21:48

## 2 Answers

Grounding and Earthing are probably used interchangeably on this site and I agree they could be merged, possibly after looking at some statistics which I don't know how to do.

I think there's a big difference between questions about ground and questions about grounding. They are not synonyms, and if they are used as such, the questions should be re-tagged with the correct one.

• If so I think grounding could be kept and earthing be merged with grounding. I also think we could keep ground as is. – Voltage Spike May 17 '19 at 19:20
• Grounding, earthing yup more than likely used interchangeably here (or PE). Earth... Too often used instead of reference – JonRB May 18 '19 at 14:34

While most circuits have a "ground" reference, not everything is grounded to Earth. Thus they aren't necessarily synonymous.

Common bench power supplies may have both "ground" (-) and "Earth" (green) jacks, but coupling them may be optional, since they are not the same thing.

Maybe that's not enough to keep the tags separate though...