I referred to the urban dictionary and it says meta means something used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential. But I'm still confused. Cause I don't see any difference between English Language & Usage text and English Language & Usage meta

  • Have you looked in a regular dictionary? It's a good bet that the formal use of a word on a site dedicated to the English language reflects one of the traditional meanings of the term, not a recent slang usage.
    – 1006a
    Apr 19, 2017 at 5:54
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    By English Language & Usage text, do you mean this site? And English Language & Usage meta you're referring to this site's Meta site? If so, the main site is for subject matter questions (topics covered in the site's definition and scope). The Meta site is for questions about the operation of the main site (site policy questions, how to deal with posting issues concerning specific questions, things related to managing and maintaining the main site, etc.). "Meta" refers to information about, or characteristics of, something else, as opposed to the content of the something else.
    – fixer1234
    Apr 19, 2017 at 6:14
  • Also related: Meaning of “meta-” (the prefix)
    – herisson
    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:00
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    You should read this Help Center article: What is Meta?
    – Laurel
    Apr 19, 2017 at 14:33

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Meta means something "abstract" beyond logical explanation.


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