Eminem’s Definition of ‘Stan’ Has Been Added to the Oxford English Dictionary, And We’re Kind of Impressed
The new word was inspired by the rapper’s hit single about an obsessed fan…
A character from one of Eminem’s most famous songs has finally made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary.
The name of the obsessed fan Slim Shady rapped about over a gloomy sample of Dido’s “Thank You” in 2000’s “Stan” has been officially adopted by the OED.
A “stan” is defined as “an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.” Someone working at the Oxford University Press clearly is a fan of the hip-hop star, because the usage example they give references another one of his songs, “Rap God.’
“He has millions of stans who are obsessed with him and call him a rap god.”
It makes perfect sense that the crafty writer who can rhyme “orange” with about a hundred different words gets one of his own officially recognized.
Eminem is giving his most diehard “stans” a chance to pick up a retro cassette version of his 2002 album, The Eminem Show, in honor of its 15th anniversary. A nostalgic poster with hand-scribbled notes that give Jim Carrey some serious props is also for sale.
The artist even did his part to help the victims of the horrific Manchester bombing by tweeting a link to JustGiving’s crowdfunding page for the British Red Cross and urging his fans to join him in donating.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) May 25, 2017
It was retweeted over 9000 times, and the $2.25 million goal was surpassed by over $250,000.
Even if you haven’t thought about Eminem in years, you gotta admit that’s pretty damn cool.