Saturday, 24 April 2010


I seldom use the word seldom. Indeed, doing intensive fieldwork for the last few days, I have noticed that seldom is never used at all. It's not that there's no call for the word: the need is frequent. But seldom has been beaten out by the upstart "don't often" "not often". These are longer and have none of seldom's beauty. Say seldom aloud. Go on.

You don't often do that, do you?


  1. Well, I actually do :$

    Seldom is one of my favorite english words, and I relish the situations when I can employ it. Which seldom happens.

  2. Yes, I say it quite a bit, I'm sure. But I don't hear young people saying it. And there's the clue that you're right - it's going.

  3. Hello Fellow Language Lovers,

    I wanted to let you know that I have included your blog on a list of ten blogs that I think are worth visiting and I am awarding you with a "Vale a pena ficar de olho nesse blog" stamp.

    I received this award from another language blogger and part of the acceptance process asks that the recipient post the award picture with a link to the blog from whom the award was received and to add links to ten additional worthy blogs.

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    A Walk in the WoRds

  4. That's very kind of you, Laura. I shall set my mind to concocting a list.

  5. You're right: I hardly ever use the word "seldom"!

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