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”
Used as a verb, the word can be used in the following context: “Y’all know I stan for Katy Perry, so I was excited to see the artwork for her upcoming album.”
According to the Oxford English Dictionary’s requirements for a word to be entered into the dictionary, the word must have been around and in use for a “reasonable amount of time,” while also requiring “several independent examples” of its use.
I can’t say that I’ve ever used the word “stan” in a sentence besides when I referred to the iconic song, but at least now I have an excuse to say “but Stan, why are you so mad?” whenever I feel like it.
Considering the fact that Eminem is literally considered a rap god and also an all around cool guy, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Just another day in the life of a rap legend.