Posted by ESC on August 26, 2002
In Reply to: 'good vibrations' wondering who/when 1st used! posted by ge on August 26, 2002
: I see J Kerouac used it in letter 1957.
This sounds like "vibrations" is pre-Kerouac.
VIBES - "n. instinctive feelings, atmosphere. Slang. Short for 'vibrations' in the same sense, a usage which can be traced back to the late 19th century." From "20th Century Words: The Story of New Words in English Over the Last 100 Years" by John Ayto (Oxford University Press, New York, 1999).