I just got home from my sister's house. We played some games out there and while I was leaving, somehow the conversation shifted and I stated a theory that I've had for some time. As soon as the words escaped my mouth, they got torn apart! Lol my theory is this: As a very broad and general rule, when you state the names of partnerships or pairs, you say it in reverse alphabetical order.
Mom and Dad
Ernie and Bert (though I guess a lot say Bert and Ernie? I don't.)
Sonny and Cher
Mario and Luigi
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
Raggedy Ann and Andy
Tom and Jerry
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (no longer a couple but you still say that)
Ross and Rachel
Timon and Pumba
John and Jackie Kennedy
and the list goes on. Some notable exceptions would be Mickey and Minnie, Adam and Eve, Donny and Marie, or Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston (also no longer, and I think the order switches). But in most instances that are exceptions, I think it's a matter of hierarchy--the male is listed first. I know that this is too broad a suggestion to even attempt proving, but what do you think? Who are some famous couples or partnerships that either fit or deny my mold?