Originally posted by safesys
i would say that the users of academical rather than academic were more likely to be educated to a higher standard and hence less likely to be illiterate.
Academical may sound more educated, but it is really just an extra syllable. There is nothing that academical implies that "academic" doesn't imply. Academical does sound elitist, but elitist in a bad way. Academical is a word that someone might use when they want to sound intelligent, but is actually not. Thus I argue that it is a sign of illiteracy. I am currently a university student, and I can honestly tell you that I have never, ever heard the word academical used on campus.
# of times "academic" appears on the princeton.edu website: 12,000+
# of times "academical" appears on the princeton.edu website: 5
I think this speaks for itself.