As you may recall, the rapper released the song “Stan” in 2000, based upon an obsessed fan who ended up taking his life because Eminem wouldn’t respond to him.
But despite the depressing message associated with the song, the phrase has continued to get bigger and bigger over the years with a more positive association. Today, it’s used by fanbases to depict people who are extremely dedicated to their beloved musician or celebrity.
According to Oxford, “Stan” can be both a noun and a verb:
And the best part? Oxford credits Eminem as the origin.
“Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song ‘Stan’ by the American rapper, Eminem, about an obsessed fan.”