Famous Duos

atkins bookshelf wordsIn linguistics, a collocation is a pair of words that always appear in the same order, for example we say “back and forth” not “forth and back,” or we say “lost and found” rather than “found and lost.” These are also referred to as nonreversible word pairs.

Famous duos are very similar to collocations. When you hear the first name, you instantly complete the phrase in your head: Adam and… Eve; Jack and… Jill. Here are some famous duos from history, fiction, cinema, and pop culture:

Abbott and Costello
Adam and Eve
Amos and Andy
Antony and Cleopatra
Barbie and Ken
Bert and Ernie
Bogart and Bacall
Bonnie and Clyde
Cain and Abel
Castor and Pollux
Cheech and Chong
Chip and Dale

Currier and Ives
David and Goliath
Dick and Jane
Gilbert and Sullivan
Hansel and Gretel
Han Solo and Chewbacca

Holmes and Watson
Jack and Jill
Jekyll and Hyde
Lady and the Tramp
Lancelot and Guinevere
Laurel and Hardy
Laverne and Shirley
Lewis and Clark
Lone Ranger and Tonto
Lucy and Desi
Mason and Dixon
Mickey and Minnie

More and Mindy
Mutt and Jeff
Orpheus and Eurydice
Ozzie and Harriet
Penn and Teller
Porgy and Bess
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Romeo and Juliet
Romulus and Remus
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Samson and Delilah
Scooby Doo and Shaggy

Siegfried and Roy
Sickle and Ebert
Sonny and Cher
Stanley and Livingston
Starsky and Hutch
Stiller and Meare
Tarzan and Jane
Thelma and Louise
Tom and Jerry
Tracey and Hepburn
Tristan and Isolde
Troilus and Cressida
Watson and Crick

Read related posts: What is a Collocation?
What is the Longest Word in English Language?
Word Oddities: Fun with Vowels

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Difficult Tongue Twisters
Rare Anatomy Words
What Rhymes with Orange?

For further reading: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/wordlist/duos.shtml

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