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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Always hard to tell with homonyms whether it’s just a misspelling; but “seemless” might mean “invisible” (‘without seeming’) or “minimized” (‘seeming less’) or “made it seem easier than it was” (in the sports reporting examples I cite).
There was a metal band called Seemless; not sure what their take on their name was.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd … p&c_id=mlb
Kuroda makes seemless return in win
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/bostonheral … atl=google
GOLF; BOSTON OPEN; Cormier completes seemless transition
Seemless or Seems Less?—High Hopes for the Universal Business Language
Lodi News-Sentinel – Jan 21, 1961
Glamour Sheer Stretchable .Seemless Sheers .
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=gq … %2C1468809
“Proportioned to fit meticulously made to exacting standard Seamless stretchables that fit smooth for leg flat”—given the correct spelling in the ad body, the novel spelling in the title appears to be deliberate.
Nice spotting. Hard to verify without extracting confessions, though.
Here’s one I just encountered: “Johnny’s solos consisted of chords and solo improvisations, interspersed in such a seemless manner that it was almost as if two guitarists were playing” (from the book “Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic” by John “Drumbo” French).
FWIW, googling yields about 730 unique hits, most of which seem to be this eggcornish use, (as opposed to references to the rock band Seemless etc.). But how many, if any, are truly eggcornish (even assuming we decide there’s enough of a meaning connection) versus just misspellings is anyone’s guess.
The plot thickens. Having just posted the above comment, I read some more of the “seemless” Google-hits, and found a couple in which the usage of “seemless” doesn’t seem (sorry) to have any meaning-connection at all to “seamless”. For instance:
“Gone are the seemless evenings spent writing or painting.”
“But at the same time the entire thought seems as seemless and baseless as a dream…”
Looking at that last example in context, I’m thinking maybe “seemless” here might mean “lacking in verisimilitude”, “not seeming real”, which is a stronger case for eggcornicity than any example I’ve seen yet. The use of “seems” so close to “seemless” here is an interesting complication.
I also found a blog called “Seemless Universe” and posted a question about the meaning and derivation of that use of the term “seemless”. If I get an interesting response from the blogger, I’ll let you fellow eggcorners know…
The more than 30,000 hits for seemstress argue that it’s a misspelling. Your second hit, Dixon, looks like classic perseveration paraphasia, or contagious (lexeme/morpheme/phoneme)—I don’t the difference between these .
There is room for blendery, however. How about “seeming seamless”? Or how about this one:
It feels like the week before a birthday – the seemingless neverending countdown. And it’s only eight more days.
I call that a non-eggcorn blend of “seemingly endless”.
Last edited by David Bird (2011-02-17 19:44:45)
I seam to be in a skeptical mood this afternoon. I would discount even the following. I think they’re probably errors. See the last one in particular. Seeing a sight on the linguistics of speech arrows has opened a ponderous box for me.
I am a sewmstress and fashion designer and I really depend from my sewing where could I find contracs
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index … 536AAsgBJl
I’m a sewmstress so you think I could get it.
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forum … 15890.html
I am a sewmstress who HATES making large drapes.
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Si … views.html
6:06 AM: i don`t remember you being a sewmistress?
7:50 AM: sewmistress? what an idiot: i think i meant seamstress…