Many terms used in the context of Magic derive their names from individual cards. The usual example is to mill, which is derived from the effect of the card Millstone. Another common example is tutoring, from the card Demonic Tutor.
I've seen people stating that ramping is another example of this effect. "Ramp," meaning mana acceleration, is then claimed to derive from the card Rampant Growth, first printed in 1996.
"Ramp derives from Rampant Growth" is the sort of overly cute folk etymology that you expect to just be an urban legend. At first glance, it seems much more likely that the term comes from the expression "ramping up," or from the noun "ramp" in the sense of an inclined surface.
However, I've done some preliminary research on various Usenet groups. (Specifically rec.games.trading-cards.magic.* and rec.games.deckmaster.) I could find no evidence that the term "ramp" was actually used before the card Rampant Growth was released. In its place, the term fast mana appears (I've linked to an example.)
However, this doesn't prove that one derives from the other. Just that "ramping" wasn't in use before 1996, and doesn't seem to have been common before about the early 2000s.
So... any ideas?