\ ˈkalk How to pronounce calque (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web But in both French and English, the descriptor is a calque from the German, whose speakers seem not only to find all the rat kings, but also to be the ones talking nonstop about them. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of calque

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calque

French, literally, copy, from calquer to trace, from Italian calcare to trample, trace, from Latin, to trample — more at caulk

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24 Dec 2019

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“Calque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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