In 2000, Eminem released a song called “Stan” about an obsessed fan who writes letters to the rapper and gets increasingly agitated that he’s not getting a response. The song was a huge hit, charting at No. 1 in 12 different countries and going double platinum in the United States.
In the song, Stan is the name of the unhinged supporter and, as a result, “stans” became synonymous with diehard fans who are intensely loyal (sometimes to a fault). Last June, 15 years after Eminem’s song dropped, “stan” was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary and defined as “an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.”
If you’ve used social media, there’s a very good chance you’ve come across this word by now. There are self-proclaimed stans who put the term in their user name or bio, wearing the label with pride because it shows their intense fandom