Recently, Apple has decided to force gendered expressions in the German locale. They say there is no way to undo this, so I've been trying to sniff out a way to change the affected strings on my own.

I've found some translation files inside /usr/share/locale and /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemFolderLocalizations, but they do not contain what I am looking for.

One exact thing I am looking for is the label for "Users & Groups" in the system settings menu. Anybody have an idea where these strings are stored and if and how they're editable?

Any help appreciated!

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They're located in /System/Library/PreferencePanes, within whatever the Users & Groups prefpane is called. If you're on 10.15 or later, you won't be able to edit them without significant effort. This is due to macOS now using a "signed system volume" which, by default, mounts the system partition as read-only. If you do manage to mount it as read/write, you'll have to go to additional steps to prevent macOS from checking for modifications.


There is also the directory Benutzer:innen, which is technically a grammar mistake since that word is not legal in Austria's official language guideline „Österreichisches Wörterbuch“ for example.

See Kleine Zeitung and Der Standard.

A quick workaround would be deleting the file /Users/.localized, which would leave the directory name unlocalized.


The strings you are looking for are in System/Library/Core Services/SystemFolderLocalzations/de.lprojSystemFolderLocalizations.strings. This is a simple XML file with a dictionary of key-string pairs, like that:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"
<plist version="1.0">
<key>Deleted Users
<string>Gelöschte Benutzer:innen

The offending string is in the last line.

However, this is on a read-only volume, even when you mount it from a different OS instance and have to navigate to it through /Volumes. csrutil disable won't change this, either.

Orwellian Newspeak is real and forced upon us without having a choice.

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