October 04, 2007, 18:41wordnerd
This from a scene just now seen in I Love Lucy:
Why do we call a certain bank-employee a teller
? What does he or she tell?
October 04, 2007, 20:32Kalleh
According to the dictionaries, a secondary sense of "tell" is to "count or enumerate." Here is the etymology as cited in the OED: "Du. tellen
to count, reckon, etc."
The online OED cites this definition for "teller" as coming from 1480.
October 12, 2007, 13:23Caterwauller
That's really odd, though, don't you think? We kept the job label without keeping the other meaning of the word "tell". Does that happen a lot?