What does shipping mean when people aren’t talking about ships?
If you’re not ‘down with the kids’ you’re potentially missing out on so many fun concepts; take shipping, for example. No, not the shipping forecast that help you nod off every evening or the freight method taking goods over the sea. This is a new type. To Millennials and Gen Xers, shipping is nothing to do with boats, and instead refers to couples.
To ship two people is to want them to be together, and stay together forever and ever and ever. The term comes from fan communities, who originally would call themselves ‘relationshippers’, then shortened it to ‘shippers’. Shipping can be done with characters, friends, or celebrities, and is particularly common in the K-Pop fandom.
For example, there are portmanteaus of each and every BTS member combination, with fans hoping that JiKook (Jimin and Jungkook) or V-Hope (V and J-Hope) will become a thing. This previously took the form of One Direction members, with Directioners praying to the pop gods that Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson would realise their love for each other. #
The great thing about shipping is it’s easy to get involved. At the Village Fete, if you see newly-divorced Susan giving gardener Bill free tries on the coconut shy, turn to your BFF Barbara, look back at them, and utter the magic words: ‘I ship them so hard.’ It’s no matter of Susan and Bill don’t end up having a romp at his allotment, it’s about whether you think it should happen. If they do, you were simply a more correct shipper than some out there.