A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 22, 2014
Access To Money ("ATM” backronym)

"ATM” is an acronym from “automated teller machine” or “automatic teller machine.” However, many people believe that “ATM” stands for “access to money.”

“Okay, so ATM really stands for ‘automatic teller machine,’ not ‘access to money’—but it’s practically the same thing” was cited in print in 2006.

Wikipedia: Automated teller machine
An automated teller machine or automatic teller machine (ATM) (American, Australian, Singaporean, Indian, and Hiberno-English), also known as an automated banking machine (ABM) (Canadian English), cash machine, cashpoint, cashline, or colloquially hole in the wall (British, South African, and Sri Lankan English), is an electronic telecommunications device that enables the customers of a financial institution to perform financial transactions without the need for a human cashier, clerk or bank teller.

May 23, 2006
ATM--"Access to Money”
Okay, so ATM really stands for “automatic teller machine,” not “access to money”—but it’s practically the same thing.

September 15, 2009
Use precise terms precisely
Marianna Swallow
I once watched a young teacher give a speech on how to use an ATM. ATM, she told us, stands for “Access to Money.” Um, no it doesn’t. Automatic Teller Machine.

Matt Patterson
Didn’t know ATM stood for “Access To Money” til just now. #youlearnsomethingneweveryday
4:09 PM - 23 Jul 2011

Can you spell G.O.R.G.O.U.S.E?
Posted on January 12, 2012
All these little blunders are now slowly slipping into our range of what is accepted. Here are some common ones: ATM machine (Automated Teller Machine machine- although my favourite attempt at deciphering what ATM stood for was “Access To Money”), ...

Anthony Santiago
I never knew ATM stood for “Access To Money” #revelations
8:05 AM - 24 Mar 2012

ATM doesnt mean “access to money” it means “automatic teller machine"😒
4:44 PM - 22 May 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Thursday, May 22, 2014 • Permalink