Initialism of guest of honour.
GoH (plural GoHs)
- (fandom slang) Person invited to attend a convention, in recognition of their contributions to the convention's field, to give one or more speeches and attend convention events.
1962 November 18, Bennett, Ron, “Skyrack”, in Science-Fiction Five-Yearly, number 47:
- It will be readily seen that the GoH’s speech will be a convention highspot next Easter, and the Peterborough Committee are to be congratulated on an excellent choice.
1981 November, Bloch, Robert, “An Outerview with Robert Bloch”, in Science-Fiction Five-Yearly, number 7, page 5:
- The same interviewing problem is bound to crop up again in the mail, which regularly brings requests for written replies to lengthy questionnaires. And it will certainly surface in April, when I'm scheduled to appear as GoH at the Cinecon in Australia. Far be it for me to complain about the trip; I feel it's my duty to go, if only to heal the breach in international relations caused by Tucker's visit some years ago. But there will be fan interviews and press interviews and -- if Tucker did as much damage as I suspect -- there may even be questions asked in Parliament.
2001 March 25, Del Cotter, “Choosing a GoH (was Ten-Year Race Memory in the Science Fiction Community.”, in rec.arts.sf.fandom, Usenet, message-ID <kw8eXoHpnmv6EwuD@branta.demon.co.uk>:
- Speaking for myself only, I have never been drawn to a con by the GoH, but I have often been introduced to the work of a writer as a result of their being Honoured by the con committee.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:GoH.