Eminem‘s influence on popular culture has received the ultimate validation – an inclusion in the dictionary.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary has added two entries for ‘Stan’ after the title of the rapper’s 2000 hit was used to describe a superfan of a celebrity or musician.
It stems from the narrative of Eminem’s song – which sees the rapper assuming the character of Stanley “Stan” Mitchell, a fictional character who becomes increasingly enraged when Eminem fails to respond to several of his increasingly obsessive letters. As the track draws to a close, it’s revealed that Stan has killed himself by driving his car into a river with his pregnant girlfriend tied up in the boot of the vehicle.
The dictionary now classes Stan as both a noun (“an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan”) and a verb (“to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree” or “to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something”).
Both definitions are categorised as “slang, often disparaging” and they specifically cite Eminem’s song.
While it is the first time that the word has been listed twice in the same dictionary, it was previously included in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2017.
Yesterday, Eminem marked 11 years of sobriety with an emotional Instagram post. The rapper, real name Marshall Mathers, shared an image of his sobriety coin. The coins are rewarded to Alcoholics Anonymous members and other 12 step programme users after key points in their recovery.
The rapper posted the photo with the caption “11 years – still not afraid”, in reference to his song about his battle with prescription drugs