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Hockey versus Ice Hockey - should they be synonyms?

Apparently this meta post has resulted in icehockey being mapped as a synonym to hockey.

May I remind that outside of the US, Hockey is a different game with no bearing whatsoever to Ice Hockey?

I don't see why Ice Hockey should be a synonym to Hockey.

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  • Is there a reason that this deserves a separate question? Maybe this should be discussed in the original thread so we have all arguments for/against in the same place. – Marcus Swope Feb 16 '12 at 14:33
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    @MarcusSwope previous question was already marked as completed - didn't make sense to continue there. – Sathyajith Bhat Feb 16 '12 at 15:54
  • @Sathya this was discussed in chat and in the meta post. non ice hockey types should use a specifier (field-hockey,floor-hockey, roller-hockey, tonsil-hockey) – wax eagle Feb 16 '12 at 16:31
  • @waxeagle Why should non ice-hockey types use a specifier? Whatever happened to targetting the global audience? – Sathyajith Bhat Feb 16 '12 at 16:33
  • I believe Grace Note's point was that "hockey" is a pretty generic term that can cover most any hockey-related sport. – Michael Myers Feb 16 '12 at 16:40
  • Feel free to join us in chat to discuss more. – Michael Myers Feb 16 '12 at 16:43
  • @MichaelMyers no, it was just a thought that I had while going through the questions. Not a huge sports buff and I don't see myself using the site the site often. – Sathyajith Bhat Feb 16 '12 at 16:48
  • I don't know if "outside the U.S." would be an accurate statement. Perhaps "not everywhere" - but in Canada, Scandinavia, Russia, and I would expect most of Europe you would find an unqualified "hockey" to mean ice hockey. – corsiKa Feb 16 '12 at 23:25
  • @Sathya Just because I marked it complete, doesn't mean I'm not open to reversing the decision. I'm fine with discussing it there (and I even asked someone to present that argument more clearly there). – Grace Note Feb 17 '12 at 13:11

I've gone and removed the synonym for now and remapped the existing ice hockey questions to . We can still deliberate, but I suggest we continue that discussion in the original question.

I'm marking this as completed because I removed the synonym, not because a final decision is being made. Also gonna close this as an effective duplicate just to funnel people to the right place.

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