Hey, Avocadorks! I used to do this discussion semi-regularly back over at the ol’ AV Club After Dark way back when, and due to popular demand (or me just being bored), it’s back!
Shipping in this context is short for “relationshipping” (or less commonly “worshipping”). ‘Ships can be either canon (meaning the relationship actually exists in the source material) or non-canon (meaning it only exists in people’s imagination, whether or not the source material hints at it). It can be limited to characters within a single source (e.g., Dipper Pines and Pacifica Northwest from Gravity Falls) or be a crossover (e.g., Dipper Pines × Norman Babcock from ParaNorman). Some ‘ships have their own specific names popularized by those who ‘ship them (“Padippica” for the former, “ParaPines” for the latter). Unusual pairings (e.g., Link × Sonic the Hedgehog) are often called crack pairings because the person who thought it up must be smokin’ something harsh. If you’re a fan of a particular ‘ship over all others, they might be your OTP (“one true pairing”).
For further information about the definition of shipping and the various sub-categories and terminology, please consult this useful Wikipedia Article.
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