One of the by-products of Political Correctness is that these days, when two people decide to get spliced, rather than just throw her surname down the dumper – they get hyphenated (settle down!)
However, despite the laudable motives behind this trend, it does present a SNAG.
Let us say Mr Smith meets Ms Jones. Okay, they become Mr & Ms Smith-Jones. Or perhaps Ms & Mr Jones-Smith. So far so good.
But a generation along, they produce a son, John Smith-Jones (or John Jones-Smith) and he meets a similarly-blessed girl – say, Mary Brown-Featherstonehaugh.
Do they become Mr & Ms Smith-Brown-Jones-Featherstonehaugh? And what happens when THEIR grown-up kid meets Jack or Jane Beauchamp-Cholmondsley-Wildegoose-Fazackerley?
Surely now, SOME of those names are going to have to GO. But which? How do they decide? Flip a coin? Many times?