16
\$\begingroup\$

In German language the word rot (meaning "Red") is spelled without an Umlaut, so would the word Rotschreck be if composed in German, meaning "red fear", composed of rot and der Schreck, "fear".

  1. Why is Rötschreck spelled as it is then? It is clear that it breaks the rules of word composition in German, why did the developers make it this way?
  2. How am I supposed to actually read it? In Russia we read it as if it was spelled properly, without the Umlaut, but I doubt if it was the intended way.

To clarify: This question is not looking for a German language analysis of the usage of the Umlaut. It is looking for a statement from the designers about why the Umlaut was used.

\$\endgroup\$

closed as primarily opinion-based by SevenSidedDie Apr 17 '18 at 14:15

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 9
    \$\begingroup\$ Many answers have been deleted on this question. Yes, maybe the umlaut is just to be cool. Maybe it’s an error. We can all guess that. The only way to answer that is with designer commentary or other sourcing that moves it from a guess to an actual reason. Answers without that will be downvoted and then deleted. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk Dec 25 '17 at 18:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Since "answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions" has been demonstrated by the many deleted opionion answers, I've closed this. The usual five voters who want to see this keep going can overturn that, of course. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Apr 17 '18 at 14:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie May I please ask for the number of deleted answers? \$\endgroup\$ – Baskakov_Dmitriy Apr 18 '18 at 15:12
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Eight. Over the course of exactly a year (an average of 1 answer per 6–7 weeks), that's a persistent stream of opinion. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Apr 18 '18 at 17:11