Thursday, February 19, 2009

What Is a Bromance?

Bromance--it's such a peculiar concept, one that I may never fully understanding, being a woman and all. Only recently has the word bromance become part of the urban vernacular--it's such a funny word, isn't it? A bromance describes the love between two straight men. However, the idea of a romance between two bros is not new at all. I mean how many grown men do you know have BFFs? Those who don't have a bromance wish they had. Come on. You shouldn't be ashamed of your bromance. You should shout it from the rooftops like Seth and Evan in Superbad. They loved each other and wanted the whole world to know. That scene was hilarious in an uncomfortable sort of way.

When I think of bromances, I think of J.D. and Turk from Scrubs. They are the definition of bromance. They are even more connected to each other than to their significant others. They have cute nicknames for each other like Brown Bear and Vanilla Bear. They have a million inside jokes. They miss each other after long periods of separation. Like when Turk and Carla came back from their honeymoon, J.D. and Turk were practically giddy with joy at their reunion. I know my husband secretly wishes he has what J.D. and Turk have. There, there, hubby.

Another level to a bromance is that the bros live by the Bro Code. It's from How I Met Your Mother, if you didn't know. Barney Stinson, the awesomest TV character of all time, came up with it. Here are some good ones, quoted directly from the show:
Article 1. Bros before hoes.
Article 29. A Bro will in a timely manner alert his Bro to the existence of a girl fight.
Article 59. One Bro makes a solo attack. A second Bro provides a crutch. A third Bro rounds out the pack. But a fourth Bro is one too much.
Article 62. In the event that two Bros acquire the same target, the Bro with the longer dry spell has dibs. Should the dry spells be of equal length, a game of discreet roshambo (that just means rock-paper-scissors) shall determine the outcome.
Article 66. If a Bro suffers pain due to the permanent dissolution of a relationship with a lady friend, a Bro shall offer nothing more than a "that sucks, man" and copious quantities of beer. A Bro will also refrain from pejorative commentary - deserved or not - regarding said lady friend for a period of three months, when the requisite backslide window has closed.
Article 67. Should a Bro pick up a guitar at a party and commence playing, another Bro shall point out that he is a tool.


Laura said...

Haha. Did you know there's a show on MTV called Bromance and it's a spin off of The Hills. Its about people competing to be Brody's new bro. Hahah.

Tara said...

Yeah, I had heard about that. Sounds dumb.

Don't you love the Bro Code. I particularly like Article 67. Haha! "He is a tool."