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:

And yep, according to god damn Time magazine, the word has now become the latest addition to the Oxford English Dictionary

‘Stan’ Got Added To The Oxford English Dictionary & It’s All Eminem’s Fault

Wait – what’s that last bit there?

“Origin

Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song ‘Stan’ by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.”

‘Stan’ Got Added To The Oxford English Dictionary & It’s All Eminem’s Fault

‘Stan’ Got Added To The Oxford English Dictionary & It’s All Eminem’s Fault

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.

Source: Time.

Image: 8 Mile.