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7 words invented by musicians that earned a spot in the dictionary

We stan Merriam-Webster.

April 25, 2019

Whether you consider yourself a part of the Beyhive or the Tayhive, your crazed fandom has been officially recognized: earlier this week it was announced that “stan”—a wide-ranging term used to describe obsessive fans, named after the character featured in the Eminem song of the same name—would be officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Though we’d like to imagine the recognition of the term is the result of Eminem bombarding voicemails along the lines of “Dear Webster’s, I wrote but you still ain’t calling,” on their head offices’ answering machine, the term’s addition to the English lexicon is  more than likely just the latest example of music’s ability to pierce and reshape our culture and language (remember “YOLO”?). Here are seven words invented by musicians that went on to formally join the dictionary.

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