Some artists change the culture, but how many can say they’ve changed the dictionary?
The Oxford English Dictionary has officially added the word ‘stan’ to its collection of definitions, all thanks to an Eminem.
Stan, which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as “an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity,” has become a huge part of modern fandom lexicon.
The Oxford English Dictionary gives several great examples of the word used in sentences, like, “y’all know I stan for Katy Perry, so I was excited to see the artwork for her upcoming album.”
Stan has come to be used for fans of everyone from Beyonce to Zayn, but it all started with Eminem and his song “Stan”.
“Stan”, one of Eminem’s most popular songs, was about an obsessive fan named Stan writing letters to Eminem himself, becoming angrier and angrier when Eminem doesn’t write back, until he murders his pregnant girlfriend.
The Oxford English Dictionary cleverly confirms the source of the word in its section on the word’s origins: “Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song ‘Stan’ by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.”