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    Question Soap(???) Opera

    Hi everyone!

    I've been away for a while, but now I get back with a simple (or silly) question: Why are "soap operas" called "Soap operas"? Has it anything to do with TV programmes for housewifes who wash and clean, etc???!!

    Thanks for answering

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    Re: Soap(???) Opera

    I'm not a teacher ***


    I guess you can say it does have something to do with washing and cleaning. Take a look here:

    Soap opera - wiki - etymology

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    Re: Soap(???) Opera

    Quote Originally Posted by Seagull View Post
    Hi everyone!

    I've been away for a while, but now I get back with a simple (or silly) question: Why are "soap operas" called "Soap operas"? Has it anything to do with TV programmes for housewifes who wash and clean, etc???!!

    Thanks for answering

    seagull
    The term comes from radio programs that preceded television but similar to those currently on daytime TV in that they had a continuing storyline and were most often sponsored by soap and detergent manufacturers. The term opera suggested only that the episodes were only slightly representative of an opera but none of them included singing or music except for background effect.

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    Re: Soap(???) Opera

    Of course they are commonly referred to now as "soaps" or "soapies".

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    Re: Soap(???) Opera

    Thanks a lot nyota. I've looked up on the site you suggested and I am now totally satisfied with the explanation!

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    Re: Soap(???) Opera

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    The term comes from radio programs that preceded television but similar to those currently on daytime TV in that they had a continuing storyline and were most often sponsored by soap and detergent manufacturers. The term opera suggested only that the episodes were only slightly representative of an opera but none of them included singing or music except for background effect.
    Thank you Billmcd!

    Your answer was extremely useful!

    Seagull

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