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Why is it “geometric” but “theoretical”?
“Ironic” vs. “ironical”
“Comic” vs. “comical”
“Historic” vs. “historical”

What's the difference for instance between ironic/ironical, rhythmic/rhythmical, historic/historical, comic/comical, economic/economical? If these adjectives are identical in meaning why the need for the different endings?

merged by RegDwigнt Oct 29 '12 at 21:47

This question was merged with Why is it “geometric” but “theoretical”? because it is an exact duplicate of that question.