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Synonyms: fan, stannie
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Stan means an obsessive fan. It is a portmanteau of the words stalker and fan and is the name of an obsessed fan in the Eminem song of the same name.[1][2] The term has evolved and is also a verb; to stan is to be an obsessive fan.

For at time, after the release of Eminem's songs, "stan" was used exclusively as a Fandom Nickname for fans of Eminem. However, it's usage spread to refer to fans of any person or topic.

It is commonly heard on ONTD (OH NO THEY DIDN'T), a LiveJournal community for celebrity gossip, and may have originated there.

The term appears in many fandoms. It is particularly common in fandoms for celebrities and real people, and is now strongly associated with K-pop and Twitter – see K-Pop Stan Twitter.

On LiveJournal anon memes the term is often applied to fans who display a loyalty or interest in other fans. Saying that someone is a [fan name]stan implies a level of partisan support of the fan in question that goes beyond merely liking their fic.

The term has become more widely used in the mainstream in recent years. It is extremely common for fans of singers and musicians to use the term.

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Meta & Further Reading

On October 5, 2011 the New York Times posted an article defining and describing stans.[3][4]


  1. ^ Kpop Secrets! - what does stan mean?, tumblr post on 16 May 2010. (Accessed July 16, 2010)
  2. ^ See: Wikipedia:Stan (song)
  3. ^ NYTimes, Scratching the Celebrity Itch “Stans are a built-in support system,” said Tamar Anitai, the managing editor of MTV’s Web site. “They are very much aware of how the public sees this person, and they are here to protect him or her.” Posted October 5, 2011. Last accessed October 19, 2011.
  4. ^ ONTD, NYT writes about stans. No, they really do. lol this is a respected newspaper? how bored do you have to be to write an article on stanning anyway jfc. Posted October 5, 2011. Last accessed October 19, 2011.