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Blend of ego and boost


  • IPA(key): /ʹiːɡəʊ͵buː/


egoboo (uncountable)

  1. (dated, fandom slang) The pleasant feeling derived from seeing one's name in print.
    • 1948 February, Rick Sneary, “[letter column]”, Thrilling Wonder Stories, volume 31, number 3, page 98: 
      Well after the pile of ego-boo I got in the Oct. issue I just couldn't let it slip by without telling you what I think of this much heralded issue.
    • 1959, Richard "Dick" Harris Eney, Fancyclopedia II[1], Egoboo:
      Fandom may be defined as an infinitely complex system for the production of pure egoboo. Indeed, the universe itself was created for egoboo (Psalms 145:10) if we are to believe the stories.
    • 1976 November, Lee Hoffman, “Editorial”, Science-Fiction Five-Yearly, number 6, page 4: 
      So this lustrum, yhos sits upon a bed of laurels, basking in the glow of past achievement and anticipating fresh shipments of egoboo, while Terry Hughes does the donkey drudgery of producing this issue.
    • 2012 July 1, David Langford, “Ansible 300”, Ansible, accessed on 2017-07-04:
      Relaxing the stern Ansible rule of omitting mere egoboo, here's a selection from the 'Gosh, isn't 300 a shiny round number' postbag.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

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