Simple word, simple concept. Why has it changed in the last five years? It used to mean "whatever we sent is now not in our hands". Now it means "Yeah, we printed up a label. It might not even be in a box yet.". When you pay a bill, is it paid because the check is sitting on your desk? Nope. Why can people call something shipped well before the carrier has the package? IF IT HASN'T BEEN SHIPPED QUIT CALLING IT SHIPPED! I'm talking to you pretty much every online place now. Saying something is shipped isn't even a status update anymore. Let me know when Fedex has the package on a truck. That's shipped. That means way more than "we got a number!"