Ah, the English language. An ever-changing maelstrom of loan words, acronyms, gerunds, totally made-up bullshit, and terms yoinked wholesale from early 2000s hip-hop hits and reused for nefarious purposes.
Like the term ‘stan‘, which you might have seen thrown around recently. It’s a multipurpose word used variously as a noun and a verb, both of which are used to describe people who are very, very here for their celebrity fandom – for example:
Do y’all realize how blessed we are to stan @NICKIMINAJ ?The woman is a WORKAHOLIC.We have literally received a NEW SONG EVERY FUCKING MONTH
— June 3rd ?? (@NickiUnderrated) June 2, 2017
Don’t call yourself a Nicki stan if you don’t support her point blank period pic.twitter.com/Syn4IghijZ
— Pussy On W (@johntavius) June 1, 2017
I stan a QUEEN and that QUEEN is Nicki Minaj, pass it on
— Pussy On W (@johntavius) May 31, 2017
And yep, according to god damn Time magazine, the word has now become the latest addition to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Wait – what’s that last bit there?
Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song ‘Stan’ by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.”
you know you made a classic song when the oxford dictionary hops on the wave ?? pic.twitter.com/75l7bfL19D
— Genius (@Genius) May 31, 2017
Omg… it all makes so much sense now.
Is it a good idea to compare yourself with the fictional protagonist of a 2000 song by Eminem who murder-suicides himself and his wife and unborn child by driving his car off a bridge? Maybe not.
Does it fill a much-needed hole in the lexicon with an instantly understandable new piece of slang? HELL YES.
God bless the English language. May it never stop accommodating our weird obsessions.
“Stan” was added to the Oxford Dictionary and this Mariah shade in the examples sentences is NOT OK. pic.twitter.com/Zl4vyKqixq
— Christian Zamora (@Christian_Zamo) June 1, 2017
Image: 8 Mile.