The impact that hip hop has on American pop culture is undeniable. It influences fashion, sports, and even the way we think and act. The lyric-driven genre has also found its way into the very language that we use in our day-to-day lives.
The Marshall Mathers LP released in 2000 featured a track called "Stan" about a crazed fan who became so irate that Eminem didn't return his letters that he killed his pregnant girlfriend, drove off a bridge, and drowned. The term "stan" has since been used in much less-than-gory contexts to describe one's liking and admiration for pretty much anything.
Oxford defines "stan" as "an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity" and lists its origins as "Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song 'Stan' by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan."
It isn't the first time that a rapper's song title or lyric has made it into the dictionary. Some other recent additions include Kanye West's "cray" (for "crazy") and Drake's "YOLO" (for "you only live once").
All of these terms roll off our tongues in everyday conversations and are used in television, film, and social media so frequently that it has become necessary to record their definitions. People old and young from near and far will understand what we are actually saying for perpetuity.
Oxford offers these examples of how to use "stan" in a sentence:
"I'm an Outkast stan, so pretty much anything and everything they've done makes me happy."
"I admit I used to stan for Mariah when I was eight."
Do you think that "stan" belongs in the dictionary? How have you used it in a sentence? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!