Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Eminem Helps Get The Word "Stan" Added To The Oxford Dictionary

Eminem Managed To Get A Word Into The English Dictionary EMStan Youtube VEVO
Freda Brock | 02 June, 2017, 07:27

You may recall that Em's 2000 hit followed a crazed fan named Stan, who wrote increasingly intense letters to his idol and eventually took his obsession way too far.

Thanks to Eminem, the above can be found in the pages of Oxford's English dictionary. But a slang term - particularly one that derives from Hip-Hop culture - that has such a lasting impact that it ends up in the Oxford Dictionary, those are rare indeed.

This comes from Vulture, which says the word "stan" is now defined as "an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity", and it specifically cites the Eminem song as the word's origin.

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'He has millions of stans who are obsessed with him and call him a rap god'. The video, which starred Devon Edward as "Stan", brought the song to life and was nominated for Video of the Year at the MTV Awards and went #1 in 11 countries.

True Slim Shady fans love his 2000 song "Stan" off his third studio album The Marshall Mathers LP. Its accompanying video - which starred Eminem, Dido and Devon Sawa as "Stan" - brought the rapper's vivid (and fictional) tale of an obsessive fan trying in vein to get the attention of his hero to excruciating life, before delivering the painful twist ending we *should em *"And in the auto they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to / Come to think about it, his name was... it was you". Interestingly, the word "stan" doesn't seem to have the negative connotation it should from the Eminem song, since saying that you "stan for Katy Perry" should mean that you'd kill your pregnant girlfriend for her, but such is the beauty of language or whatever.

In the years since, the term "Stan" has been used to describe any fan who's unreasonably infatuated with a celebrity.

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