ATM is an initialism of automated teller machine, coined sometime in the 1970s. I have always considered it an Americanism while its British equivalent has always been cashpoint, Oxford Living Dictionaries tell me it is a trademark (who knew?). Wiktionary states that it was originally a registered trademark of Lloyds Bank.
Neither Oxford nor Wiktionary offers me any alternatives. Luckily, a quick Google search unearthed the following BrEng terms kindly supplied by Macmillan Dictionary:
- cash dispenser
- cash machine
- hole-in-the-wall (informal)
I know for a fact that ATM is the most common term used in the US but I do not know about the UK. Is it still cashpoint? Has ATM superseded it?
In 2017, what is the most common term in the UK for a machine that dispenses cash?