music • 02 Jun, 2017
Eminem Makes It Into The Oxford English Dictionary
Rapper’s hit ‘Stan’ recognised as source for word on crazy fans
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has added ‘stan’ to its lexicon as a word for an obsessive fan, crediting rap star Eminem’s 2000 hit of the same name as the source of the word.
In wide recognition of the word ‘stan’ being used for unhinged fans, the OED – considered the last word on (English) words – has listed it as both a noun and verb.
As a noun, a ‘stan’ is described as ‘an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity’. In a further nod to Detroit born rapper Eminem, it gives the following example: ‘he has millions of stans who are obsessed with him and call him a rap god.’
As a verb, the OED gives these current examples: ‘y'all know I stan for Katy Perry, so I was excited to see the artwork for her upcoming album’, and, ‘I have stanned for Korean pop groups for the longest time, sadly without much success.’
Under origin, the dictionary says the word came into use in the 21st century, ‘probably with allusion to the 2000 song “Stan” by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.’
One of Eminem’s most successful singles, Stan, which featured British singer Dido, told the story of an obsessive fan who kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend because the rapper didn’t answer his fan letters. It was released in December in 2000 and reached number 1 in 11 countries.
Remind yourself of why Stan was such a big hit below:
Words by Rebecca Jones