PSA | Stan
Okay, so just your neighbourhood word nerd raising awareness.The other week, I was on Twitter and I ran across a new word.
Stan / Stanning.
As in, “I stan ____.” Or Swift-stan if you love Taylor Swift.
But, seeing as this wasn’t an English word I knew, I had to learn it. So I ran to Urban Dictionary.
This is the top definition.
As you can see, this isn’t a new word. It goes back to 2006 when an Eminem song came out about an obsessive fan.
Let’s look at that.
“Eminem intended for this song to be a message to fans who had written him disturbing letters indicating that they had taken the violent lyrics on his first studio album too seriously. “
I don’t know about anyone else and I don’t intend to dictate anyone’s speech, but these are not the kind of words I would associate with anything I liked. Being a fan of something is great, but adding yourself to the category beyond that is questionable, at best.