Full record for egoboo n.

Definition also "ego-boo", "ego boo"; from "ego boost", the gratification of seeing one's name in print
OED requirements antedating 1947
Earliest cite Rick Sneary, letter to Thrilling Wonder Stories
Comment Bill Mullins submitted a 1950 cite from "Chaos" by Lee Hoffman. Fred Galvin submitted cites from letters by Rick Sneary to the magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories: one from 1948 cite for "ego-boo", and one from 1947 for "ego boo". Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from an article by Robert Bloch, "Some of my Best Fans Are Friends". Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from George O. Smith's "Spacemen Lost".

The 1947 cite used the word in the sense of a verb: we would be interested in further examples of egoboo or variants as a verb.

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Citations for egoboo n.

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1948 Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 98/1 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.
1948 Startling Stories Sept. 124/2 Dear Sir: Time, tide and publishers wate for no man, so if I expect to get my monthly dose of ego-boo I had better get at it. It really does serve a perpose, I keep telling myself. By interesting the pasifans that write me in ative fandom, I draw in a little new blood.
1954 G. O. Smith Spacemen Lost in Startling Stories Fall 47/1 Being a space pilot has--well, a certain egoboo. You find yourself invited here and there by people who have never been any farther out of new York than Hackensack, or maybe no farther out of Chicago than Evanston.
1956 R. Bloch Some of Best Fans are Friends in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Sept. 56/1 This is often done for purposes of egoboo (ego-boosting activity).
1992 SFRA Rev. July–Aug.–Sept. 34, I am not convinced that the membership of the SFRA should be subsidizing egoboo, and I doubt that any would-be assistant professor will really be helped by this type of publication.
1999 Interzone Apr. 27/1 It's great for egoboo, but nice to meet your readers, too.