Eminem’s 2000 hit single “Stan” has just been included as a new word in the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s categorized as a term used to describe an overzealous fan of a certain celebrity, which is what the dark track was originally about.
The dictionary database states its origins as being in the ‘early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song “Stan” by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.’ Hilariously, one of their sentence examples is ‘y’all know I stan for Katy Perry, so I was excited to see the artwork for her upcoming album.’
It’s not the first time music artists’ terms have been added to the dictionary, as others such as Snoop Dogg’s shizzle, Will Smith’s jiggy, and Destiny Child’s bootylicious have all made their way into it in one way or another. Other broader pop culture words that are featured include twerking, mic drop, and bling.
“Stan” is one of the influential rapper’s darkest creations, telling the fictional tale of a crazed fan that loves Em more than his own girlfriend, before shockingly, killing himself, his girlfriend, and his unborn baby by driving his car off a bridge.
The deep cut was featured on Eminem’s sophomore effort The Marshall Mathers LP, which is largely considered one of the best rap albums of the 21st century so far. The controversial LP’s clever rhymes, dark mood, and pristine production helped to set it apart from many of the rapper’s other genre counterparts. Three singles were released for it; “The Real Slim Shady,” “The Way I Am,” and the previously mentioned “Stan.”
It was certified Diamond for selling 10 million copies in the U.S. alone, as well as being one of the fastest-selling albums of all time. Other accolades include a Grammy Award win for Best Rap Album and a nomination for Album of the Year, ultimately losing out to Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature.