But this is the Old Bailey. He's a Lord — or she's a Lady. You may find the wigs and the ceremonial ways that people refer to each other strange or intimidating. I was advised. But I don't find the wigs intimidating any more than the arcane forms of address; I find them comic.
p6, Apple Tree Yard By Louise Doughty
My head tells me it should be "comical". My Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary tells me that comical is an adjective which means funny, amusing, often because it is odd or absurd.
He looked highly comical wearing that tiny hat
Merriam-Webster (which is an American English Dictionary) says comical is: causing laughter especially by being unusual or unexpected. And causing laughter especially because of a startlingly or unexpectedly humorous impact. This matches The OALD's definition.
I must have looked comical in that big hat
And Oxford Dictionaries provides this example:
It made me jump at first, but once I was used to it, I found them strangely comical.
The OALD says that comic is [usu attrib] making people laugh; funny. 2. [attrib] of comedy: comic opera, comic actor
However, The Chambers Dictionary tells us that comic adj. is related to comedy; raising mirth or laughter, funny, humorous while comical adj. means funny, amusing.
For comic M-W has: causing laughter or amusement, funny
a comic monologue
His comic timing is impeccable.
If comic is normally used attributively and two dictionaries seem to confirm this, am I right in thinking the following sentence " I find them comic" sounds odd, or worse incorrect? What if the phrase were the following:
I find him (the judge) comic
Would that be exactly the same?
I've read the post comic vs. comical but it hasn't answered my query, because that asks about the difference in meaning. The definitions are included in my post therefore I am asking about a specific sentence in a novel and its grammaticality or appropriateness.