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Stan (1)

noun; other word formation type eponym
A fanatical fan of a celebrity, to the point of obsession.
 
“Stan” originates from a song by Eminem titled “Stan”. The song describes a zealous fan of Eminem named Stan, who commits a murder-suicide by driving a car off a bridge after Eminem does not promptly respond to his fan letters. Stan was most likely coined due to the lack of a similar word in English, especially considering the expansion of celebrity culture given the growth of the interment. Stan is similar to words such as “Grinch” and “quixotic”, in that they are eponyms derived from fictional characters. Due to the nature of its origin, Stan is most commonly used among urban music subgroups.
Etymology : Eponym formed from English name Stan, from song “Stan” by American rapper Eminem.
Source : “Yes! They love him, and their love is infectious, and that is why Labour defied almost every opinion poll. Corbyn has stans, and no other British politician has.” (The Guardian, Were ‘Stans’ the secret of the Corbyn surge?, June 9, 2017)
Last modified: 27 November 2017


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