Oxford Dictionaries explains: “Ship was originally an abbreviation of relationship, and refers to a romantic relationship between two characters in a fictional series – often one that is supported by fans rather than depicted in the series itself.
“Those who have a particular interest in a particular ship are known as shippers, which is another word entering Oxford Dictionaries Online in this update. Support for one of these relationships is described by the verb ship – for example, ‘I will always ship Sherlock and Molly’.”
Clearly wanting to share in the excitement with her co-star, Brealey said she was going to text Benedict – and then retire.
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