Eminem 'Stan' slang now in dictionary

June 01, 2017
Eminem

Eminem, also known as Slim Shady, has been officially immortalised within the English language canon.

The Oxford English Dictionary has provided an official definition for the term on its website, as follows: "an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity."

Stan has long been used colloquially to describe dedicated fan communities or slightly obsessive fans.

Hip-hop heads and aficionados in contemporary media publications have often employed the 'stan' terminology, derived from a 2000 Eminem track of the same name. 

In that song, the titular character is driven to obsession because of his fanatical preoccupation with Slim Shady. The dark, dramatic song culminates in the murder of 'Stan's' pregnant girlfriend. Nowadays, the 'stan' term is used as an insult, suggesting that a person has an unyielding or irrational attachment, particularly to celebrities. 

 

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