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ship

verb Clipping and conversion
To support and root for a fictional pair of characters of virtually any entertainment medium (television, books, etc) to get together as a couple.
 
Romantic relationships are a topic that draws a lot of support, criticism, and general excitement from fans of various fictional universes. They are important to the fans, and often a fan will desire a certain character to get together with a second character over another. Sometimes fans disagree and this causes a lot of arguments. These types of discussions became so commonplace in the fandom world that a better word was needed for “to root for a pair of characters to get together.” Meanwhile, the term “relationship” had been shortened to “ship” for the sake of easier speech and writing. Eventually, the word coiner decided it would make more sense to convert this word into a verb to describe this activity of supporting a fictional couple.
Etymology : Clipping of the word “relationship” to “ship,” which was then converted from a noun to a verb.
Source : “I totally ship Kurt and Blaine.” (friend, May 2011
Last modified: 30 November 2011


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