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    Something-o-Ramma. What does it means?

    Dear Teachers:

    I've seen many things-o-ramma. Can you help me to understand the usage of "o-ramma"?

    Best Regards.

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    Re: Something-o-Ramma. What does it means?

    One m, I think. There has long been the word 'panorama'; it means 'all things' (pan-) 'something seen' (-orama) [I haven't yet checked this derivation, but I'm pretty sure; the pan bit is definitely right, but the Greek verb for see is veryveryvery irregular ]

    A feature of the process of creating new words is the cobbling together of irrelevant bits of words; if you can have a 'cavalcade' (Spanish, cabalgada) why not have a motorcade - a procession of cars?

    The '-orama' part of 'panorama' has been used in a similar way to coin many new words that imply a plenitude (lots) of things, or just something new/interesting. First there was laundry, then laundrette was coined for a slightly different service (still involving laundering), then someone who wanted to make their service sound more interesting coined the word launderama(maybe they wanted to imply 'this place lets you do everything you need, as far as washing and drying clothes is concerned', or maybe their premises were just bigger than a typical laundrette).

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    Last edited by BobK; 28-Feb-2007 at 18:17. Reason: Re-jigged last sentence

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    Re: Something-o-Ramma. What does it means?

    PS

    Online Etymology Dictionary

    Near enough!

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    Re: Something-o-Ramma. What does it means?

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    (Scroll down the page to the Fact-O-Rama.)


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    Ouisch, BobK

    Thank you very much. Clear and complete.

    Again, Tahnk you.

    Hector Albino

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    Re: Something-o-Ramma. What does it means?

    Quote Originally Posted by Albino View Post
    Ouisch, BobK

    Thank you very much. Clear and complete.

    Again, Tahnk you.

    Hector Albino
    That's what I like to hear! You're welcome.

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