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In Australian English, which has a slang meaning of "root" which is best avoided in a professional setting, is "root access" acceptable in a professional setting?

If not, what synonyms, preferably ones which have a nuance of a Unix OS as opposed to a Windows OS, are more suitable?

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    Could you say "superuser access" instead? – Jeremy Miles Nov 22 '14 at 1:28
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    Not my downvote, but surely Australians understand that root here is technical terminology and not slang. Else, how would they refer to the subsoil part of a plant, or fractional exponents in mathematics, or the principal note of a musical chord without breaking down in a fit of giggling? – choster Nov 22 '14 at 2:01
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    @JanusBahsJacquet "meat-packing district" sounds like an area with lots of nightclubs in it! – Andrew Grimm Nov 22 '14 at 3:10
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    There's almost no limit to the possibilities of linguistic evasiveness or squeamishness if one is determined to go down that path. However, during the past half century, western culture has been steadily ridding itself of that tendency. I think that even if some people's thoughts briefly stray to the sexual connotation of 'root' when they hear the technical term 'root access', they will as quickly dismiss it as being mildly amusing at best, irrelevant at worst. I doubt that anyone would actually take offence at it, or think it in poor taste. As so often, the context makes a huge difference. – Erik Kowal Nov 22 '14 at 7:01
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    @AndrewGrimm - in some Linux distros, you switch user to root (su root) before doing some action that requires root access. This is dangerous, because you then have root access and might forget. So instead, you prefix the command with sudo - super-user do. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudo – Jeremy Miles Nov 22 '14 at 22:31
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In Australian English, which has a slang meaning of "root" which is best avoided in a professional setting,

This is not restricted to Australian English. Root can mean "penis" Irish English, is attested in British English since the 1840s (and as late as the 21st century) and appears in a Canadian play of the 1970s. It can also mean "copulate with" in Ireland, and I'm sure that applies elsewhere too.

is "root access" acceptable in a professional setting?

Of course it is. As would any other reference to the concept of root in computer science and IT (and there are several such concepts), agriculture, horticulture, along with ways it might be used in every field.

There isn't even the shade of an issue here. If someone sniggers every time they hear the word "root" or can't resist double entendres like "I'd love to give them my root access" in situations where it would not be appropriate, the problem is not with the technical jargon.

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