It's almost always used as "sword and sorcery", only a single sword. The current tag "swords and sorcery" is a misspelling.

I am strongly in favor of correcting it to the actual term.

  • Do you have any proof that one is prevalent? Google n-grams, for instance?
    – SQB
    Dec 3, 2016 at 19:27
  • Not that I'm in disagreement; Wikipedia agrees with you, for instance: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_and_sorcery it's just that I like to some proof before we undertake this.
    – SQB
    Dec 3, 2016 at 19:30
  • Also, a mod could do this in one fell swoop, leaving the misspelling as a synonym.
    – SQB
    Dec 3, 2016 at 19:31
  • Of course: It's about nine times as common in the singular than in the plural.
    – Yora
    Dec 3, 2016 at 19:38

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I'm not all that familiar with this term, but a quick check on Wikipedia suggests that "sword and sorcery" refers to the subgenre of fantasy while Swords and Sorcery refers to a particular work within this subgenre.

Since all the questions with the tag on this site refer to the subgenre rather than the specific work, I've changed the tag name to . If we ever get questions about the specific work, we may have to think again, since I'm not sure if the system will allow two such similar tag names.

  • The system will perfectely allow both tags (though, it might complain when a mortal user tries to create it for the first time). The question is if the community is fine with it in light of possible confusions.
    – TARS
    Dec 4, 2016 at 18:37

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