To Ship or Not To Ship

An explainer about the terms “ship” and “slash”

Flourish Klink
Aug 17, 2016 · 1 min read

You can’t talk about television these days without talking about shipping. Every pop culture media outlet in the world is using the term, from Tech Insider to Wired to the A.V. Club to the Boston Globe. If you watch Arrow, you know what Olicity is: the romantic pairing between Oliver and Felicity. And even if you don’t, if you just like to flip through channels, you might have landed on the MTV Fandom Awards and discovered that it won Ship of the Year.

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Flourish Klink

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Chief Research Officer & Partner at Chaotic Good Studios. Co-host of Fansplaining. (Opinions published here are just my own, though.)

Fansplaining: The podcast by, for, and about fandom

Please visit fansplaining.com for all of our writing

Flourish Klink

Written by

Chief Research Officer & Partner at Chaotic Good Studios. Co-host of Fansplaining. (Opinions published here are just my own, though.)

Fansplaining: The podcast by, for, and about fandom

Please visit fansplaining.com for all of our writing

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