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Bromance

  • Bromance is a relatively new word believed to have originated in the 1990s. Bromance is a portmanteau. Portmanteaus are words constructed from the blending of two existing words. English is a living language, which means it changes over time. New words are constantly entering the language, evidenced by the Oxford English Dictionary’s policy of adding English words to their lexicon quarterly. There are many avenues for a word to enter into use. New words may be coined from existing words. Compound words are words constructed from two existing words that when put together, form a new meaning. We will examine the definition of the word bromance, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    A bromance is a platonically close friendship between one male friend and another male friend. A bromance is not a romantic relationship or romantic love, it is a heterosexual friendship between men. Many men have a special guy friend or particularly close friend with whom they have a platonic relationship. A bromance is not familial. In the past, social relationships involving true friendship with emotional intimacy have been difficult for straight men to maintain. People often assumed good friends have a sexual attraction that is not truly there. Platonic companionship and closeness in male friendship has become more recognized in the past few decades. The Obama-Biden friendship is often cited as an example of a bromance. The invention of the word bromance is credited to Dave Carnie, past editor of the 1990s skateboarding magazine Big Brother. The portmanteau is a blending of the words brother and romance.

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    Examples

    Shaffer may be trying to hook readers on a comedic mystery novel and bromance featuring the former vice president in his “Uncle Joe” guise, but he hasn’t been too concerned about the real-life Biden straying from that characterization. (The Gazette)

    Thanks to their high-profile gigs as The Voice judges, Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s bromance is well-documented — but we haven’t forgotten about Shelton’s original bromance. (Taste of Country Magazine)

    If you’re not familiar with Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham’s incredible, decades-long bromance, then Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s friendship in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood might feel like an idyllic exaggeration—a slick, Quentin Tarantino–scripted fairy tale about a Hollywood star (DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton) and the loyal sidekick (Pitt’s Cliff Booth) willing to put his life on the line for his best friend. (Vanity Fair)

    The executive instead gave the position to a less-qualified man with whom he had a “bromance,” the suit filed Thursday against the San Jose e-payments giant alleged. (The Mercury News)


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