Any fan of the show is unlikely to be surprised by this, since dedicated “Sherlock” fans ship Sherlock and Watson, Sherlock and Molly, Sherlock and Moriarty, and just about any other coupling that the program manages to offer. Which one did Oxford pick for the dictionary? As “Sherlock” co-star Louise Brealey points out, it’s the Sherlock-Molly pairing:
‘Ship’ (to want someone to fall in love) is now in the Oxford English Dictionary. The example given? ‘I’ll always ship Sherlock and Molly.’
— Louise Brealey (@louisebrealey) May 20, 2014
It’s a good choice. Not only is this a rather passionate ship of the “Sherlock” world, it became especially important after Molly was the one person integral to Sherlock surviving Moriarty’s forced suicide at the end of Season 2.
Will the dictionary need to change its example in the future? Only “Sherlock” Season 4 — airing at some point in the indeterminate future — may have the answer.