Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 21:11:40 -0700
From: William King WFKING[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: Denny's, etc restaurants
Ca. 1986 we were asked what we called ATMs in the US. At the time we
just called them "bank machines," not having anything better. ATM
was not current usage in NYC, where we lived, at that time. The person
asking us, who was working on a national textbook for English, was
So, when did "automatic teller" come into use? This certainly sounds like
a contrivance on the part of the bank coined in an effort to personalize
something that many customers were unsure of. Apparently they still are.
A current poll shows that 55% (? -- but it was very high) of the banking
public has not used an ATM.
Bill King Univ. of Arizona