Misheard in youth: Deep-seated vs. deep-seeded

Sometimes as authors we mishear a phrase or during our childhood our parents misuse a phrase, and then this incorrect version becomes firmly fixed in place as we write. Such is the case with deep-seated vs. deep-seeded.

Deep-seeded is the phrase you’ve probably misheard or heard being misused.

Deep-seated is the phrase you most likely want to use. It means that something is ingrained in another, as in deep-seated beliefs.

Deep-seeded works if referring to sports rankings, as in Central Southwest Los Angeles College was deep-seeded at No. 526 among the nation’s top basketball teams.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.