If you see someone on Twitter discussing “shipping,” don’t assume they’re talking about mailing a package.
The term has taken on new life thanks to people, predominantly teens, using the word to discuss ideal relationships between fictional characters, celebrities, and even their own friends.
Shipping originated in the world of fandoms, which are groups of hardcore fans of movies, books, and television shows.
The word derives from “relationshipper,” typically shortened to just “shipper.” Relationshippers are people who care deeply about the romantic relationships between their favorite characters — and sometimes, celebrities or even the people in their own lives.
“To say, ‘I ship that couple,’ is a short way for someone to say that they believe in a couple, that they’re rooting for them to succeed.”