Ben Zimmer: The Fusion of Celebrity Couple Names Into a Single Sobriquet Has Long History

From a Wall Street Journal column by Ben Zimmer headlined “Bennifer: A Fusion of Names That Fascinate the Public”:

When news emerged last weekend that the superstar couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got married in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas, you could be forgiven for wondering if you had accidentally traveled back in time a couple of decades to the golden age of “Bennifer.”