Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 21:11:40 -0700 From: William King 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 quite stressed. 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