February 16, 2008 10:24 AM Subscribe
What is the origin of the term "Spoiler Alert".
posted by Tube to writing & language (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I don't ever remember reading a movie or book review from the 1970's or 1980's that began with the term "spoiler alert" or "spoiler ahead". It's possible that they were there all along, and that I just didn't notice them, but I seem to have first encountered the term in the late 1990's.
I also wonder if this is a term that originated on the Internet rather than in conventional print, as it seems to me to have coincided with the growth of the Internet.
When did this term become almost universally used?