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ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 6 00:32:50 UTC 2019

Mark Mandel wrote:
> "stan"?

One sense of “stan” originated with a song by Eminem:


[Begin excerpt]
Based on the central character in the Eminem song of the same name, a
"stan" is an overzealous maniacal fan for any celebrity or athlete.
A Typical Kobe Bryant Stan would say something like.
"Kobe Bryant scored 81 points last night. Kobe could beat God himself
in a game of 1 on 1 hoops. To hell with Michael Jordan or Wilt
Chamberlain, they arent on Kobe's level!"
#stalker#fanatic#fan#obsessed#infatuated#blind loyalty
by Terminator-C February 05, 2006
[End excerpt]

Over time “stan” has developed into a verb:


[Begin excerpt]
Stan means you look up to that person, you watch them or you truly
love their content. It's another word for saying you idolize someone
or something. You would say, "I stan _____" instead of I "I love that
"We stan legends only" "We stan"
"we stan noiz"
by strawberrygloss May 28, 2018
[End excerpt]

Here is a example tweet where it appears that the verb “to stan” means
“to idolize”


[Begin excerpt]
please rt if you stan any of the groups below. please feel free to dm
me bc I'm shy af oops.
- nct (u,dream,wayv)
- got7
- stray kids
- the boyz
- loona
- twice
- red velvet
[End excerpt]


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