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slash

noun Zero derivation
Romantic and/or sexual relationships between two men, as found in works of fiction.
 
The origins of slash fanfiction arose in the Star Trek fandom, with Kirk/Spock pairings. Fanfiction writers denoted a romantic relationship simply by writing “Kirk/Spock,” whereas if a story featured those same characters in a non-romantic context, it would be referred to as a “Kirk & Spock” or a “Kirk and Spock” story. So, the term “slash” and the phrase “Kirk/Spock” (or just K/S) were used interchangeably to describe these stories in which the two characters were romantically involved. Eventually the term “slash” spread to other fandoms, where it continued to be used to describe non-canon romantic relationships between two males.
Etymology : Addition of another use for the root word “slash;” the most closely related meaning is the character “/.”
Source : “Harry/Draco is one of the more popular slash pairings.” (friend, March 2011)
Last modified: 30 November 2011


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