What is meant by the verb “ship” in this context?

Getting along with a possibly passive-aggressive coworker because of different political beliefs [closed]

Everyone in the office, including the girl, was shipping me and that
guy because we have similar tastes in movies, we code in the same
platform, we are both reserved in our dealings with others, and he
speaks more often to me than to them;

I am familiar with the online colloquial usage of “shipping” (thanks tumblr) as it pertains to online “fandoms”, fan communities of a particular fictional work. In this context, it means to have an affinity for a (usually romantic) relationship between two characters which may or may not exist in the narrative.

But in this real-life example, I’m having trouble understanding what the author meant to impart:

  • Is it implied that the female author is perceived as having a romantic interest in her coworker, because of their shared interests?

  • Does it only suggest that the other people in the office superimpose a friendship between them where one doesn’t really exist — in that way, they are fictionally “shipping” them?

Answer

Does it only suggest that the other people in the office superimpose a friendship between them where one doesn’t really exist — in that way, they are fictionally “shipping” them?

Yep! Because it originates in fiction, it’s mostly used for a relationship that doesn’t exist yet.

Here is an example that explicitly discusses the real-life creation of fictional romances:

Real-life shipping can be great. My friends and I joke about how we should go on one of those old people single cruises and ship people … and match them up.

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Source : Link , Question Author : jdbiochem , Answer Author : Azor Ahai -him-

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