The word « slot-machine » came from past years

The word « slot-machine » came from past years

Professional players and fans of gamblings often call a slot as slot-machine. However, only a very few people can explain what does this word mean and where did it come from. If we drown in this question it will be easy to find out that an English term fruit machine derives from the slots on the machine for inserting and retrieving coins.

When slot-machines were just invented, they accepted only coins. Those days there were no specialized institutions where it would be possible to play. Therefore, slots were placed in bars, department stores, malls and many other places. All machines were equipped with retrieving coins hole. A person had to insert a coin in the slot to start the next game. Since then slots are called «slot-machines» in America.

Many years passed and nowadays slots accept not only coins but also bills and tokens. However, it didn't influence the name of the machine significantly. Moreover, even today when slots accept electronic online payments we still know them as "slot-machines". When gambling became prosperous in Russia it's organizers didn't change the habitual name. Besides, there was no harmonious equivalent in Russian.

 
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