We have a tag for "bosnian-serbian-croatian' (bsc) for the language that we might have once called Serbo-Croatian, Croato-Serbia, srpohrvatski etc.

We use this bsc term now when we discuss those languages based on the Štokavian form of Central South Slavic because three new standards have emerged since the breakup of Yugoslavia, 1992. However, as of 2007 the Montenegrin language has become an official language, so shouldn't the tag be "bosnian-croatian-montenegrin-serbian"?

Without having some term like "Central South Slavic" to cover the wider dialect continuum of these languages, we cannot include 3 of the standards and ignore one of them.

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We can't include it since the tag would be 36 characters long and the maximum for a tag is 25 characters. Unless we find macro-class name, I can't replace it.

  • What about BCSM? I guess this might not be clear enough though. bos-cro-mon-ser? Has a ring to it... Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 19:27
  • @DangerFourpence I don't know. :D We can wait for more proposals for now and see if there are other ideas.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 19:31
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    What about south-slavic-languages? Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 2:49
  • @OtavioMacedo That includes other languages too. We can use it, though... Technically these languages here are included in the "Serbo-Croatian standard language" category.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 9:39
  • @OtavioMacedo central-south-slavic-languages would be more accurate, if cumbersome. Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 14:25
  • @DangerFourpence yes, but that's 30 characters, which takes us back to the original problem. We can, however, use central-south-slavic only (without "-languages"). Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 14:59
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    Balkan Insight (balkaninsight.com/en/article/…) uses BO-CG-HR-SR, so it seems no one can come up with a very elegant solution Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 15:58
  • It's sometimes acceptable for tag names to be inelegant. This is where the tag wiki excerpt and tag synonyms are very helpful. Now ISO 639, the international standard for language codes abolished the unified Serbocroatian codes sh/scr/scc. But there is now an "inclusive" code hbs to cover bos Bosnian, hrv Croatian, srp Serbian, and svm Slavomolisano. According to Wikipedia Montenegrin doesn't seem to have its own code and uses srp, the code for Serbian. Given this mess hbs with a tag wiki + excerpt explaining it seems best. Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 0:30
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    In the meantime the overwhelmingly most used English word for this language is "Serbocroatian". The fact that term doesn't cover entire countries the language is spoken in might be compared with "English" being the language of "America" etc. Imperfect by one way of analysing it, but widely used and understood nonetheless. Commented May 23, 2013 at 8:03

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