Anyone know where the suffix “-o-rama” , as in swap o rama, comes from?
IINM, Cecil did a column on this. I gotta run so I can’t look it up for you. Check the archives of his columns.
“Originally it derived from ‘panorama’ (from the Greek pan, all, plus horama, view), a word invented in 1789 or so by one Robert Barker to describe his invention, a type of painting showing a wide-angle view of some notable scene.” according to Where does the suffix “-arama,” as in “foodarama,” come from?, from More of the Straight Dope, a copy of which all of Cecil’s true followers own, and if they don’t, then there’s still time to purchase it for your holiday gift giving, if you hurry.