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Ship (16)

verb; noun; clipping
To desire two or more people or characters to enter a relationship, typically romantic. Shipping generally is applied to fictional characters by fans. The characters or people in question may or may not be in a relationship. Example: Before I knew about his wickedness, I shipped Mr. Wickham and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
 
Usually used among fandom communities. No other word seems to exactly express as succinctly the positive emotions one has for other’s relationships. With the rise of the internet, people in fandoms can more easily communicate; it is reasonable that these shippers had more opportunities to interact with one another about their ships, which created the situation for the possibility for novel word creation.
Etymology : Folk etymology: People have described multiple ways by which this word may have arisen. It is unknown to the author as to which are folk etymologies. Two of the possible etymologies are listed below: A subset of the fans of the popular anime “Pokemon” desired the members of Team Rocket to enter into a romantic relationship. “Rocket” is similar to “rocketship”, which was clipped down to “ship”. A clipping of the word relationship
Source : In Fanfiction document published December 28, 2018 Document Accessed: 10/5/2019 “Why is a pairing in which one of the characters has confirmed feelings for the other so far below non-canon ships in popularity?” Context: Document explores how different ships become popular with fans of a narrative
Last modified: 16 December 2019


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