In modern usage "shipping" refers to basically two people having a love attraction or psychological humpy humpy time and possibly procreating so basically I'm asking

Does the term friendship have sexual connotations, because it is a type of shipping?

  • Shipping having sexual connotations? Who would have thought it? I though that was roll-on roll-off ferries.. :-)
    – GoodJuJu
    May 21, 2019 at 8:08
  • Please have a look at the use of the suffix -ship. May 21, 2019 at 8:15
  • 6
    Definitely not. As you say, shipping is a modern coinage, whereas words like friendship, kingship etc. go back centuries. May 21, 2019 at 8:15
  • Connotation is in the mind of the person reading the connotations into a word etc (contrast the article Mari-Lou references with Kate's comment). It's probably better to ask about the prevalence of connotation. Or even the state of mind of someone seeing innuendo everywhere. May 21, 2019 at 8:55

2 Answers 2


No. The ordinary definition of friendship predates the slang usage of "ship"- therefore friendship has no lewd connotations.

  • 2
    The answer could be improved by the addition of a reference for the claim. Mar 26, 2020 at 22:59

Shipping has to do with sending something on a ship, as a means of transport. The ship you refer to is the syllable at the end of words like friendship or kingship. The -ship here refers to the sate of being friends or being a king. Nothing more. What modern usage will do is anyone's guess. Reference to The Love Boat is needed.

  • 3
    In this context, "shipping" is a neologism that refers to having a relationship. The Q asks if the meaning can be extended to any word with ship as a suffix. May 21, 2019 at 18:15
  • 1
    Making puns about phyiscal ships and the 'ship' suffix is nothing new. Try the 4th verse of The First Lord's Song by Gilbert and Sullivan from 1878. " Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip That they took me into the partnership And that junior partnership I ween Was the only ship that I ever had seen But that kind of ship so suited me That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy"
    – BoldBen
    May 21, 2019 at 19:09

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.