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.

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    \$\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, 2017 at 18:42
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    \$\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\$ Apr 17, 2018 at 14:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie May I please ask for the number of deleted answers? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 18, 2018 at 15:12
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    \$\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\$ Apr 18, 2018 at 17:11