I need a little help about how to form comparative and superlative degree for the word "super". I found on a website as super is used for comparative and superlative degree as well. And I also learnt from some other source that an adjective with two or more syllables usually takes more and most for comparative and superlative.

  • Even some one- syllable words don't normally take the -er, -est suffixes (deader and deadest are unlikely). There's certainly the facetious more betterer, but I don't think superer and superest would occur very often at all. There are very few contexts where it would make sense to use more super, but people say We had the most super time! all the time! – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 22 '20 at 15:20
  • (Note that it's not idiomatic in English to say that X is more super than Y, or that X is the most super.) – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 22 '20 at 15:24
  • Can you please link that website you're talking about? – Lucian Sava May 22 '20 at 15:42

The options would be "more super", "superer", "most super", and "superest".
Looking at Google ngram for historical uses of any of those, I don't find any valid uses.
Google Ngram super forms
There are some false hits for cases like "more super-important" and "more Super Bowl rings", and "superest" in Latin texts, a conjugated verb.

If I had to use such a form, I would use "more super" and "most super", but I would expect to sound strange.
The word "super" doesn't seem to have been used much in comparative or superlative form, maybe because it already has a superlative connotation.
"That is super!" is similar in meaning to "That is the best!", where "best" is already a superlative.

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    Definitely it's non-gradable, it's an extreme adjective – Lucian Sava May 22 '20 at 15:48
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    It could be used in a humorous way: That Alan, he's the most super superintendent I've ever known. But that's certainly an edge case, and it's only humorous because it's not normally used like that. (And, more traditionally anyway, it would likely be: That Alan, he puts the super into superintendent.) – Jason Bassford May 22 '20 at 18:04

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