Check out “The Brocyclopedia,” by Matt Young. (H/t to Michael Moore, also known as Monocle Man.) Funny and clever–but a bit slipshod on the historical facts. To wit:
The bro is a category of male most commonly found on the campuses of North American universities and colleges. Bros display the most extreme form of homo-social behavior. They are most typically found in groups of other bros who refer to one another as “bro,” “bra,” “broseph,” or some other term of endearment using the prefix “bro-“. The categorizing of bros is a fairly modern development, but bros as a social entity are believed by many to have existed in some form for centuries.
The earliest known recording of an exchange between two bros was during the 1804 expedition of the Northwest Territory by explorers [Meriwether] Lewis and [William] Clark. The exchange took place when Clark reportedly asked Lewis to, “Be a bro, and fill up [his] Nalgene” with water from the newly discovered Mississippi River.
Funny! But word to your brother: the Corps of “Discovery” started at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. (Since it’s Columbus Day after all, I just thought that people might want to get their claims about so-called “discovery” correct before giving the Anglo dudebros all of the credit.) Being right on the major facts would make the silly anachronism (“Nalgene”) even funnier. For realz! Overall, I like the interpretation of the Corps of “Discovery” as a bromance–that’s totally deserved.
Here’s something I learned from the “Brocyclopedia:”
The bra, as distinguished from the bro or the broseph, tries as much as possible to emphasize his physical prowess. A bra spends much of his waking hours in the gym “liftin'” with his other bras. The bra can be most easily identified by his sleeveless Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt and backwards baseball cap. A bra is most at home in a setting where he can punch another comrade in the chest and refer to him as his “bra.”
So, the “bra” is a like a super-buff bro? Interesting. (Or is it because unless they’re scrupulous about the workouts, bras require a bro, otherwise known as a manziere, or bra for men?) Go ahead and read the rest–don’t miss the fascinating discussion of the noun “Broseph Stalin” and the superlative “Croosh-chev.”