We don’t usually make a thing of pointing out fake news, but sometimes it’s just a bit too ridiculous to pass on.
Yesterday someone posted a link to Reddit about the word “Stan” being added to the Oxford English Dictionary:
Of course, the word stems from Eminem‘s early hit Stan, about a crazed fan named Stan. The word has since been used as a noun and verb to describe obsessive fandom, or being an obsessive fan. It became so popular, in fact, that it is now considered a real word.
Today, everyone from Pitchfork to Billboard have covered the news that Stan has been added to the dictionary:
It’s all over social media and Google News:
Firstly, the Oxford English Dictionary website hasn’t added new words since March 2017, and while they did add hip-hop-savvy phrase “420” to the dictionary, “Stan” has been an official word for ages.
News that happened 13 years ago is literally old news. This is just a testament to how much news publications (including this one) rely on crowdsourced sites like Reddit for stories.
Do your research next time, dummies.