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ship (2)

  1. clipping; noun
    As a noun, 'ship' is used to refer to a romantic relationship among fictional characters, popularized in fan-fiction circles and on the social media website Tumblr.
     
    "Ugh why haven't Castle and Beckett formed a ship yet? There's so much tension!" (Referring to the characters in the popular TV series "Castle")
    Etymology : A clipping of the word 'relationship' (1640s), which means "sense or state of being related," from 'relation' (late 14c.) meaning "connection, correspondence;" + '-ship,' a word-forming element meaning "quality, condition; act, power, skill; office, position; relation between." Specifically of romantic or sexual relationships by 1944. (Cited from Online Etymology Dictionary)
    Source : From Tumblr. 2013.
  2. clipping; zero derivation; verb
    Used as a verb, 'ship' is the act of endorsing or promoting a romantic relationship between fictional characters, usually one that is not part of the original storyline.
     
    "I hated reading Harry Potter because I always wanted to ship Harry and Hermione. Why would she end up with Ron? I mean, he was the chosen one."
    Source : Friend. August 2013.
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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