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coag
Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2016 11:10:17 PM

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Hello,

I am trying to translate "superuser", in context of computers, to German. I've checked the Internet and I saw that Germans accepted the English word, that is, they use "superuser", but I would like to have a completely German word.


I saw in dictionaries that Nutzer is German for user and I've thought about Übernutzer. Does Übernutzer make sense in German?
IMcRout
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016 1:22:02 PM

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As a simple user I had to look up the word before I was able to answer.

As most computer terms are taken over directly from English I would stick to 'Superuser'.
Any attempt at translating this term directly into German would plainly sound ridiculous.

The German sites which deal with root-accounts or superuser-accounts only translate the 'accounts' part into German (1 Konto / 2 and more: Konten). The root / superuser parts remain unchanged.

Hope this helps you.

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coag
Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 2:42:44 AM

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Thanks for the response, IMcRout.
multichrom
Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:18:30 AM

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I agree with IMcRout to stick with "superuser", but if you really need a German word, you might use "Hauptbenutzer".
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