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).

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Origin of -ola

apparently < Italian or Latin -ola diminutive suffix; see -ole1, -ule
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Word Origin and History for -ola


commercial suffix, probably originally in pianola (q.v.).

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