; compounding
A letter of request As the phrase "letter of request" probably seemed too formal in this situation, the author most likely felt that the somewhat comical compound of "ask" and "letter" lent a needed bit of levity to the situation. In this case, the author compounded two English words, "ask" and "letter," along with the filler syllable "o." However, in order to ensure the emphasis of each syllable, the author places hyphens around the filler morpheme.
I know, I was even real witty and goofy in my ask-o-letter.
Etymology : Compound of ASK and LETTER
Source : a friend in an email discussing a brusque email he had gotten from someone from whom he had made a polite request
Last modified: 10 June 2008