Published Jun 01, 2017Eminem had a huge hit back in 2000 with the Dido-sampling "Stan," off his The Marshall Mathers LP. Now, the track's title character has been inducted into the Oxford English Dictionary.
In recent years, the term "Stan" has been imposed on extremely enthusiastic fans of any artist, drawing inspiration from the song's narrative about a fan named Stan that becomes obsessed with Eminem. The character grows angrier and angrier as each of his letters to the rapper go unanswered, eventually leading him to drive his car off a bridge with his pregnant girlfriend in the trunk — of course, Eminem eventually responds, only to realize that he'd recently seen Stan's tragic story play out on the local news.
According to the OED, "Stan" is now officially defined as "an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity." The word can also be used as a verb, meaning to "be an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity."
The official listing under the term's origin reads: "Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song 'Stan' by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan."
Relive the song that started it all down below.
In other Eminem news, the rapper recently revealed plans for a "15th anniversary capsule" version of 2002's The Eminem Show. Find full details and pre-order from a variety of different bundles over here.