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#1 2018-08-18 07:06:55

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1313

"seminary" for "seminal"

Encountered this one recently:

We’re kicking our weekend off TONIGHT (Wed 8/15) with a tribute to The Band’s seminary album, “The Music From Big Pink”
ad for a concert

Clearly they meant “seminal”. Probably not an eggcorn; I don’t see a plausible meaning connection.

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#2 2018-08-18 08:35:13

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1576

Re: "seminary" for "seminal"

Back when they were in seminary school? Seminary and seminal stem from the same root. Or seed.

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#3 2018-08-18 08:35:46

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2185
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Re: "seminary" for "seminal"

Maybe it’s a masterwork, the sort of thing you could produce only after considerable time of preparation? (In some circles the idea of having gone to seminary still implies having gotten a good combination of experience, education, and training.) Or maybe it’s of the quality that merits inclusion in a seminary course? The idea of a seminar might reinforce some of those notions.
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(Like you, I doubt its eggcornicity for most that might use it.)


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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