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    Smile Bowl-a-rama

    Today's fire raced through downtown Springfield, gutting Symphony Hall, the Springfield Museum of Natural History, the Springfield Arts Center
    and Barney's Bowl-a-rama.
    Hi! I got the info. about 'a-rama' from an online dictionary.

    arama (other) : suffix; added to the end of a word, it instantly makes something seem cooler and more fun; -o-rama is a common variation I always go to Bowl-a-rama because it's the best to bowl in town.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/n...=newthread&f=8
    Can I add the suffix to any sport?

    eg1. bike-a-rama
    eg2. tennis-a-rama

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    Re: Bowl-a-rama

    Bowlarama is a name rather than a word as such. So if you opened a tennis club or bike shop you could use those as a name for your business.

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    Smile Re: Bowl-a-rama

    Thank you for your answer, jamiep.

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    Re: Bowl-a-rama

    arama (other) : suffix; added to the end of a word, it instantly makes something seem cooler and more fun; -o-rama is a common variation I always go to Bowl-a-rama because it's the best to bowl in town.
    I'd have said a bit more than that, seeing that the first '-arama' neologism was formed by analogy with the word "panorama".

    And to answer the original question, it's not really what would be called "a productive suffix"; as jamiep said, it's more often used in forming trading names. A more generally used suffix is '-athon' (by analogy with "marathon) - this suffix is often used in charitable fund-rasing efforts - a 'dance-athon', a 'bike-athon', a 'swim-athon'...

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    Smile Re: Bowl-a-rama

    BobK, thank you very much for your answer.

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