If your tea’s gone cold and you’re wondering why it’s probably because you stared at your computer screen for too long while you tried to figure out how a word created by Eminem made it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
That’s right, for all you late 90’s and early 2000’s rap fans out there, Eminem’s classic 2000 single “Stan” has now made it to the dictionary.
The word’s official definition is as follows: “an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.” The word can be used as a noun or a verb.
The song, released on Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, is about an obsessive fan who writes multiple letters to Eminem over a period of time.
As time goes by and the overzealous fan doesn’t hear back from Eminem, he starts to get crazier and crazier.
The Oxford English Dictionary cites the origin of the word as: “Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song “Stan” by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.”
An example of the word used in a sentence as a noun, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is: “he has millions of stans who are obsessed with him and call him a rap god”
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