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Incorrect or non-standard usage, overuse etc.

I seldom go to parties.

The problem

The use of this word is not incorrect but it is very much overused in preference to more common words in Standard English such as rarely

Note the frequency of the following adverbs in the British National Corpus:

rarely (2405)
occasionally (2506)
seldom (5334)

Standard English

I rarely go to parties.

Online resources

The following online resources may be useful:

tools British National Corups at Brigham Young University Gives examples in context for a word or phrase. Other corpus functions available.
BNC - Oxford University Computing Services

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