May 20, 2016

Oh, the OTHER "shipping"...

The term "Shipping" — which ostensibly derives from "Relationship" (though it might as well be "Worship"; in some fandoms, it's Serious Business) — was originally coined by fans of The X-Files, who were divided between "relationshippers" pushing for romance and "noromos" who would rather have No Hugging and No Kissing. The phenomenon itself, however, was ubiquitous in practically every fandom long before. The source of the term's popularity is shrouded in myth, but Geek Mythology has it that you can blame people in the Pokémon anime's fandom who rooted for Jessie and James (of Team Rocket) to get together and decided to call themselves "Rocketshippers". This got the term to catch on in that fandom, then people brought it with them to other fandoms, and today The Other Wiki needs a tiny disambiguation note at the top of its article on maritime delivery of goods.



Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

Such a waste of time to read that conceiving of the time spent writing it boggles the mind.

May 20, 2016 at 7:34 PM  

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