[Ads-l] ATM = Vending Machine

David Metevia djmetevia at CHARTERMI.NET
Wed Aug 28 20:00:38 EDT 2019


My son often jokingly mentions that he has trouble remembering his personal
PIN number to use at the ATM machine.

On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 1:11 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> The OED entry for ATM presents a first citation in 1975.
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> ATM n. orig. U.S. automatic (also automated) teller machine (see
> automatic teller n. at automatic adj. and n. Special uses).
> 1975   Changing Times Oct. 6/2   An ATM requires a much smaller
> investment than construction of a full-fledged branch office.
> [End excerpt]
>
> Here is an instance of ATM that appeared a few months earlier:
>
> Date: March 23, 1975
> Newspaper: Lansing State Journal
> Newspaper Location: Lansing, Michigan
> Article: 'Debit' Key Word in Shopper's New Banking Language
> Author: Julie Lehr (Staff Writer)
> Quote Page D1, Column 1
> Database: Newspapers.com
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/205392956/
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> The automatic teller machine — or ATM — is a service already available
> locally at East Lansing State Bank in its "Teller 24."
> [End excerpt]
>
> The phrase "ATM machine" ('Automated Teller Machine' machine) is an
> exemplar of RAS syndrome ('Redundant Acronym Syndrome' syndrome). I
> suspect that the phrase "ATM machine" appeared shortly after ATM was
> coined. So this 1981 citation is probably a bit late.
>
> Date: May 6, 1981
> Newspaper: The Washington Post
> Newspaper Location: Washington, D.C.
> Article: Obtaining Cash From Out-of-State Automatic Tellers Becoming Easier
> Author: Nancy L. Ross (Washington Post Staff Writer)
> Quote Page B4, Column 4
> Database: ProQuest
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> Starting in July, American Express will expand the functions of its
> Gold Card to enable customers to obtain $500 a week from an ATM
> machine at any one of 149 locations in 16 major cities.
> [End excerpt]
>
> Garson
>
> On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 11:17 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> >
> > I remember being impressed by the cans of beer in vending machines in
> Tokyo in 2001.  No cooking needed.
> >
> > LH
> >
>
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