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Action Jacktion

« on: 08-25-2003 13:29 »

Here, in case you've ever wondered, is an article that explains the origin of the suffix "-rama" from words such as panorama, diorama, and of course Futurama.  (Turns out it was invented by a man named Bob Barker.)  It also describes the original Futurama from 1939.


(For those of you familiar with The Straight Dope, I know Cecil Adams can be a complete jerk sometimes, but he's okay here, and there probably isn't a better article to explain it.)

Bending Unit
« Reply #1 on: 08-25-2003 20:05 »

That's kinda cool.  In an informative sorta way.

« Reply #2 on: 08-25-2003 20:27 »

I came, I learned, I kicked no one's ass.

Bending Unit
« Reply #3 on: 08-25-2003 21:16 »


Starship Captain
« Reply #4 on: 08-25-2003 21:24 »

Wow, I feel smarter!  love

Did anyone check out that link to the page of -ramas at the end?  Sponge-O-Rama!  Heh heh.
canned eggs

Space Pope
« Reply #5 on: 08-26-2003 11:34 »

That's a cool link.  Unlike most clever stories you find about word origins, this one's true, as far as I know.  The cool thing about -rama is the distribution of "-o-rama".  I think that one's always after stressed syllables.  To preserve the rhythmic structure, you know.  Prosodic phonology.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #6 on: 08-26-2003 13:06 »

I'm more wiser now....

“I beg your pardon, sir,” said Mme. Vauquer; “it is soupe aux choux.”

All the young men roared with laughter

 laff  laff  laff

Bending Unit
« Reply #7 on: 08-26-2003 19:22 »


« Reply #8 on: 08-27-2003 04:32 »

its true...there was a magazine called futurama eek

Urban Legend
« Reply #9 on: 08-27-2003 05:12 »

"Barker's paintings were 50 feet high, up to three miles long, and weighed up to 8,000 pounds."

Sweet zombie Jesus!  eek

Delivery Boy
« Reply #10 on: 08-29-2003 12:44 »

Hey ooy...I saw your ".:need to find a topic?:." thread was closed...Not sure if this is what you needed...but if you bookmark the pages of all your posts and makes sub-folders in your favorites, it's easier to keep track of posts/replies.
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