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Updated on April 2, 2013

Let's it hear it for the boys.

The word bromance has recently been coined, to describe male bonding and friendships between men, in the modern social climate. Bromance is yet another recent example of the ever popular use of the merging of two words together, of which the media have become accustomed to doing on a regular basis. This new word trend was usually reserved for celebrity couples like Brad and Angelina giving you Brangelina, it now seems their moving this trend of word merging onto other concepts, like in this case, brother and romance.

Interest in male celebrities friendships have been gathering quite a bit of interest lately and the trend is set to continue. Various newspapers and magazines have picked up on this, giving more coverage as well as pictures to this new angle of our curiosity in celebrity culture.

Ben Afflec and Matt Damon are probably the most well known of the bromancers, having been best friends for a number of years and frequently spotted being seen out together. Bromance is not however exclusive to the stars, nor is it a new thing, yet it does demonstrate in part how we view male relationships, how different male bonding activities have changed and how many have stayed the same.

There is a lot of man love.

The way that genders have traditionally spent time together with those of the same sex, has in many respects changed substantially over the years, for both men and women.

For example it's more acceptable for men to show physical affection towards one another nowadays, you can see this in action just by observing their behaviour during the world cup, similarly at this time we can see them openly crying, which would be almost unheard of just a few decades ago.

Male bonding was once a product of missions, crusades or shared obligations, like work. Fighting, drinking, sport and women were their shared interests in the past. Although competitive sparing and drinking is still predominantly what men do together. The recent additions to male bonding activities are marathon games console playing and even shopping.

Boys will be boys.

Male partnerships have been a popular concept in all mediums, throughout history and on every continent.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, were the popular creations of Sir Arther Conan Doyle. The famous Victorian pairing became so embedded in British culture that some people still believe that they were actually real people. Their male bonding came in the form of their detective work together and was such an effective concept it has been used again in such criminal investigative duos like; Morse and Lewis.

This successful idea has also featured predominantly with super heroes and cartoon characters. The two masked men that fight crime as a pair immediately springing to mind, Batman and Robin, however there are others. Danger mouse and penfold. Shaggy and scooby doo.

The list of terrific twosomes are as long as your arm and growing. Starsky and hutch. Tango and cash. Bodey and Doyle. Randal and Hopkirk. To name but a few.

It's not only in the domain of crime these man rule but also comedy, when I was younger I remember watching Keenan and Kel and laughing my head off at their antics. More recently still we have Spongebob square pants and his friend Patrick star, sharing the screen together with hilarious consequences.

Bromance, it's just a new word for an old concept.

Like with many things in life whether it be fashion or business, everything is in some form or another just a derision of something else. Bromance to some degree is just another take on our perception of the male relationship with other men. Although it is not a new concept it is undeniably an interesting one and a subject likely to continue to be of interest way into the future.

If there are any you think I have missed and you think I should add to the poll below, please let me know I will be happy to include them.

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      F. J. Gustafson 6 years ago

      Clark Gable And Spencer Tracy

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      Moons 6 years ago

      Men are men. We simply don't understand them, like how they don't get us. But how amazing that Men and Women still click in some point. just a thought. :)

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Hey again wrenfrost56, I have to vote for a man and his dog , That's my bromance , great info though, Its funny isn't it how men and women act so differently around there own "kind", Come on know ,you know it's true , I've heard the girls at the beauty parlor.......

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for that insight andromida, what an interesting point, I don't know what you would call bromance for women? Good to see you again my friend, I am still trying to match your writing pace! :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you 2patricias, glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Hey chris, good to see you again. I have to say I'm not all that fond of word merging as it goes, but I don't think it's going to end anytime soon. Good choice with batman and robin, thanks for your vote. :)

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      To me,Male to male bonding is based on match in their interests and perspective towards life-this my personal opinion only.The very same idea of bromance is equally applicable to two women. I guess its the similarities of psychological aspects between two people, which start the bonding in mental level... this subject is too difficult topic for me to think more.I guess this is the first hub by any hubber about bromance. congrats and thanks wren :)

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Never heard the word before! We are always enteretained by these new terms.

      This is a fun hub - thanks.

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      drej2522 7 years ago from Augusta, GA

      I'm going to have to disagree with Saddlerider up's Batman and Robin all the way baby!

      Yeah, the "word merging" is definitely a hot trend and I'm not sure if I like it or not. What's your opinion on it, Wren? Are you in favour of such trends and odd word pairings?

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for your suggestion also Amber, will add them to the list too. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thanks for the suggestion drbj, I will be pleased to add them to the list. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you saddlerider, glad you enjoyed my hub. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      LOL! T.G. I heard about that. ;)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you katie, good to see you again. I used to watch scooby doo, it's a classic good choice. :)

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      Hi wrenfrost

      I'd never heard this word before - at first I thought it was a typo! As you've included comedians in your pairings how about Laurel and Hardy. Would they be the first on screen bromance?


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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, wrenfrost. Martin & Lewis (Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis) were a popular comedy team in films and TV. Dean was the handsome singer and straight man. He fed the funny lines to Jerry, the goofball and comic.

      When they broke up Dean made a number of movies and had his own TV show. And Jerry made films (they loved him in France) and had his own TV show, too. Years later they reconciled but did not tour together.

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Tango and Cash all the way, anything Sylvester does I follow, he and Bruce Willis are to of my favorite all time action heroes. Romance is romance, the bros have fun with it and some actually fall in love. I did twice and got divorced twice. I guess marriage was not for me. Hah...happy single close to my retirement years. Great Hub I rate it UP

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      Has to be Batman & Robin, I blame my fetish for tights and my crossdressing but there ya go ; )

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great info on Bromance its nothing new and yet I'm just hearing about it. Thanks for keeping us in the know. I love the poll and def voted for Shaggy and Scooby. I must say I think a lot of guys will think Bromance is a wee bit femine. We'll just have to see. Thanks and Peace :)