Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day

Thursday word: calque

calque (KALK) - n., a term borrowed from another language by translating its constituent parts. v., to so borrow.

Also known as loan translation -- which term is autologous, being a calque of German Lehnübersetzung. The example everyone gives is English superman taken from German Übermensch, but we're not the only ones to do it -- and Wikipedia has a couple examples and a fuller list to prove it, including a list of languages that calqued translation (such as German Übersetzung) from Latin translatio, "to bring across". Calque itself is a borrowing from French, where it means copy, from calquer to trace, from Italian calcare, to trample, trace, from Latin, to trample.

Brainwashing is a calque of Mandarin xǐ nǎo.

Tags: c, french, latin, noun, verb

  • Sunday Word: Interlocutor

    interlocutor[in-ter- lok-y uh-ter] noun: 1 one who takes part in dialogue or conversation 2 the performer in a minstrel show who is placed…

  • Wednesday Word: Déraciné

    Déraciné - noun or adjective. You may know déraciné as the title of a video game, but this French word can also be used as an adjective or noun.…

  • Tuesday word: Convoluted

    Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 Convoluted (adjective) con·vo·lut·ed [kon-vuh-loo-tid] adjective 1. twisted; coiled. 2. complicated; intricately…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded