Slate finds a non-trend. Imagine that: newspapers discovering a trend based on two examples.
Keeping Up With the Smoneses
Are American newlyweds blending their last names?
By Benjamin Zimmer
Posted Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at 1:15 PM ET
"Word reaches us of new linguistic horrors concocted by the Americans in their continuing assault upon our common tongue," Carol Sarler announced in the British Observer on July 30. The grave violation of the English language? "The meshing of two names to create a single new one." Just as "the trash-rags of Hollywood" have fused Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie into "Brangelina," Sarler wrote, meshing names is "now quite the real-life rage for suburban newlyweds."