I’ve always considered this site more about logophilia than strictly being about etymology. I don’t think it’s really possible to be a logophile without being interested in and intrigued by etymology but there is certainly more to a love of words and phrases than a scholarly exploration of their origins.
That having been said, I was surprised to find that Word Spy places the earliest citation to 1986. At first glance, the way it was used in such an unassuming way, made me feel it must have been in wide use by then, but upon further reflection I think it could simply be one of those words that is so easily understood that it feels like an old friend, even when you meet it for the first time.
I see that the Word Spy entry hasn’t been updated since 2002. Any new information about this lovely little word, so relevant to our little party here?