Between cupcake fights, a trip to Italy, and a visit from the Jersey Shore's Snooki, there's seldom a dull moment on Cake Boss.
seldom seen and soon forgot seems to be more likely to be the model.
He treated his Bloomsbury friends with extraordinary generosity, generosity that was seldom returned.
But we seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process.
I see the good in every sincere leader, and I seldom even attack those who seem to some like hypocrites.
So my rascals ever did with me, though in good truth I seldom listened to their recital.
He seldom speaks; but when he does, you are ever in his visions.
seldom had Martin ever allowed himself to be so angry with any one.
Uncle Brunton noticed the change; for to those who saw him seldom the change was sudden.
They seldom go into the scrummage, but must have more coolness than the chargers.
late Old English seldum, alteration of seldan "seldom, rarely," from Proto-Germanic *selda- "strange, rare" (cf. Old Norse sjaldan, Old Frisian selden, Dutch zelden, Old High German seltan, German selten), perhaps ultimately from the base of self (q.v.).
Form shifted on analogy of adverbial dative plurals in -um (e.g. whilom "at one time," from while). The same development also created litlum from little, miclum from mickle. German seltsam "strange, odd," Dutch zeldzaam are related, but with the second element conformed to their versions of -some.
Seldom-times is from mid-15c. (Old English had seldhwanne "seldwhen"). Seldom-seen is from mid-15c. (Old English had seldsiene, "seld-seen").
Some compounds using the old form survived through Middle English, e.g. selcouth"rarely or little-known, unusual, strange, wonderful," from Old English selcuð, seld-cuð, from seldan + cuð (see couth). Old English seldan had comparative seldor, superlative seldost; in early Middle English, as seldan changed form and lost its connection with these, selde was formed as a positive. Shakespeare uses seld-shown.