Meaning of -ola

-ola

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  1. a formative of no precise significance found in a variety of commercial coinages (Crayola; granola; Victrola) and jocular variations of words (crapola).
  2. a suffix extracted fromused in coinages that have the general sense “bribery, esp. covert payments to an entertainment figure in return for promoting a product, making an appearance, etc.” (playola; plugola).
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