Merriam-Webster announced today that the word ‘stan’ has officially been added to its dictionary as both a noun and a verb. This follows the lead of Oxford English Dictionary adding the word a few years ago.According to Merriam-Webster, a “stan” is defined as “an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan” while “to stan” is “to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree: to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something.”
Oxford also cited Em’s 2000 song as the inspiration for their addition. On the track, Em raps from the perspective of a fan named Stan, whose unrequited obsession with the rapper leads him to commit suicide.
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