- a formative of no precise significance found in a variety of commercial coinages (Crayola; granola; Victrola) and jocular variations of words (crapola).
- a suffix extracted from payola, used in coinages that have the general sense “bribery, especially covert payments to an entertainment figure in return for promoting a product, making an appearance, etc.” (playola; plugola).
Origin of -ola
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Examples from the Web for ola
I connected with OLA, along with several co-conspirators, a few weeks after the encampment began on the Sukkot holiday.
Some of the leadership and folks of OLA were deeply suspicious of religious involvement.
Our initial gathering morphed into the Interfaith Sanctuary at OLA.
Among the participants was Ola Abdelrahman, a 15-year-old from New Jersey, who was taking the memory plunge for the second time.Following Joshua Foer to the USA Memory Championship
April 1, 2012
“Norway lost its innocence today,” a grim-faced Ola Borten Moe, the minister of oil and energy, told The Daily Beast.Norway's Terror Shock
July 22, 2011
"And I was thinking of naming it 'Ola'," declared Charley promptly.The Boy Chums in the Gulf of Mexico
Wilmer M. Ely
Report of the Committee on Ola Hipsson's motion to remove the fences.The Red Room
Ola K. Black, of Norwegian birth, was one of the first settlers.Fifty Years In The Northwest
William Henry Carman Folsom
Yes, to be sure, and Garters and Stomachers and Smocks,——but ola!Pamela Censured
"Fair good voyage it's been, Captain," said Ola, resting on his oars.Dry Fish and Wet
Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
Word Origin and History for ola
commercial suffix, probably originally in pianola (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper