A calque?

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 4 12:29:00 UTC 2010

Are we talking about the German phrase itself, or its use as the closing
of a business letter?

The phrase is well known in German, but I remember the English phrase
raising eyebrows when used to close an e-mail, and knew many Germans who
couldn't bring themselves to use such language in German correspondence.

Some have since jumped that hurdle.


On 5/4/2010 5:06 AM, Chris Waigl wrote:
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> On 30 Apr 2010, at 04:43, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> _Danke im voraus_<  "Thanks in advance"?
> Which direction do you think this is being calqued?
> I'm a bit dubious. "Im voraus" (new spelling: Voraus, I think) maps to "in advance" in several contexts, not just when thanking. Also, "voraus" is an adverb that has many other uses, whereas "advance" is a noun.
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