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Jim Henry/Mark Reed 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....

Speaking of which: "archaicly"??? I don't think I've ever seen "archaically" 
(though I see Spell Checker disliked "archaicly".)
>
> I've personally encountered "piratical" and "egotistical" far more
> often than *piratic or *egotistic.
>
> > > enigmatically   {enigma}>tic>>ally>
> >
"Psychological" too. I'm glad to see others noticed these and others (and 
Dirk allowed for it in his original post); I was afraid it might have been 
peculiarities of my own usage :-))) --like misspelling "lizzard" and 
"diminuitive" all my life until 1975, when they were pointed out in my 
doctoral diss. :-(((

Would it be significant that all the words are non-native, even learnèd in 
most cases? Is it possible the -al derivatives once existed, but now only 
survive in the -ly form?  Why should there be a constraint against 
adding -ly directly to the -ic form???? (Of course in most cases, they're 
pronounced as if it were-- [Enig'm&tIkli] [fono'ladZIkli] etc.)