When choosing an adjective to refer to the nature of a calendar system, such as how we have months of varying length, is it more appropriate to use calendric or calendrical? Is there any difference, perhaps in context? Or is it a British vs American English thing?


The OED has only one entry for both words: there is no difference between them other than the one being a syllable longer than the other.

Laconic lovers of brevity who try never to use an -ical word when the corresponding -ic one will do would surely select the lighter calendric.

On the other hand, prolix writers and stentorian speakers of a more long-winded bent take precisely the opposite position — and, conflating length of discourse with quality, choose therefore the gratuitously heavier and more ponderous calendrical.

The choice is yours.

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