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shipping

verb; blending and clipping
A shortened form of the term “relationshipping,” the act of pairing fictional characters into romantic relationships.
 
When describing “ships” they are usually written formally as character/character (Brock/Misty or BrockxMisty, for example), or with even more creative denominations. Shipping usually arises if chemistry between any two characters is at least somewhat evident. It is hardly ever platonic, and is usually emphasized if such is the case.
Etymology : It is a clipping from the parent word, relationshipping, which is by itself a blending of the word “relationship” and the inflectional affix “-ing.”
Source : “The shipping wars? …it's like cyber gang warfare. People who wanted Harry and Hermione to end up together… and other people who wanted Hermione and Ron. And there are very weird couplings as well, but we will not go anywhere near there.” J.K. Rowling on shippers
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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