On 4/25/07, Jim Henry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In at least some cases the -al word used to exist but has become
> archaic (it was a synonym of the -ic word anyway): e.g.,
> poetical, piratical....

I've personally encountered "piratical" and "egotistical" far more
often than *piratic or *egotistic.

> > enigmatically   {enigma}>tic>>ally>
> Over 100K Ghits.

But "enigmatical" just comes off as intentionally-comical Old West-speak.

Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>