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David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Wed Oct 22 12:41:01 UTC 2008

In this morning's news:

"Democratical presidential candidate Joe Biden blasted John McCain over the
weekend for voting against raising the minimum wage 19 times." (Dallas
Morning News-online).

Democratical is in OED, no evidence after 1849.  In the most powerful stage
of Nexis for "all dates"  there are less than 300 articles for it.
Democratic, on the other hand, has over 3,000 for the previous month.
Democratically has just over 1,000 articles over the last month.

 "" provides no evidence.   Neither the Brown Count.  "Source
of last resort"-Google News and Google: democratical in Google (201,000) and
in Google News (2).  In the last, an interesting contrast-perhaps a good
subject for a Master's thesis.


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