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WORD ORIGIN

"melodramatic radio serial" (later extended to television), 1939; so-called because sponsors often were soap manufacturers, from earlier horse opera "a Western" (1927). Shortened form soap for this first attested 1943.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SOAP OPERA

episodic

adjectiveintermittent; composed of several tales
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