Eminem’s Term ‘Stan’ Has Officially Been Added to the Dictionary
It's a great day in history - Eminem's term "stan" has officially been added to Merriam-Webster's dictionary. In noun form, it's defined as "an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan," and in verbal form it's "to exhibit fandom to an extreme excessive degree."
"Stan" comes from Eminem's 2000 hit song with the same name. The first few verses of the song are spoken from an obsessive-fan's perspective who is writing personal letters to Eminem in an attempt to get his attention. As the track progresses, the fan's words and behaviors grow increasingly fanatical and concerning.
"And all I wanted was a lousy letter or a call / I hope you know I ripped all of your pictures off the wall," are a few lines, for example, before the fan drives his car off a bridge with his pregnant girlfriend locked in the trunk. The perspective then shifts to that of Eminem's, when he writes back to the "stan," but it's already too late.
The term has been widely used in pop culture especially over the last few years. People use the word to describe themselves and others when they are huge fans of a celebrity, ultimately making it have less of a negative connotation and more of a casual one. Regardless of the nature it's used in, it's officially recognized as a word in the dictionary now. Pretty legendary, Slim - we stan.
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