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verb Clipping, zero-derivation
To support or idealize a romantic relationship
 
This word originated in online forums and has since been used in casual conversations. It nicely fits into a deficit in the language because it can be used for people who are already in relationships who the speaker just thinks make a great couple, all the way to celebrities who probably don’t even know each other but the speaker creates an imaginative relationship between them.
Etymology : The word relationship is a blend of relation and ship. The Latin verb relatus was conjugated to relationem and meant “a bringing back, restoring; report.” This was taken into Old French as relacioun and the meaning was narrowed to mean just “a report, connection,” and the meaning was narrowed further in English in the 15th century when it came to mean “person related specifically by blood or marriage.” -ship is a word-forming element from Proto-Indo-European (s)kep- meaning “to cut, scrape, hack,” which developed through Middle English to mean “state, condition of being” and then “quality, condition.” So a relationship was the condition of being in a relation with someone. Ship was a clipping and then a zero-derivation to allow the word to be used as a verb.
Source : “They’re so cute together! I totally ship them.” -My friend Emma, in conversation, October 2016
Last modified: 4 December 2016


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