Continuing our series of alphabetised words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 12 such words beginning with the letter 'M'.
1. Mail carrier or mailman
A person who delivers mail to residences and businesses; also letter carrier. UK equivalents: postman, postwoman, postal worker.
UK equivalent: post box, letter box, pillar box.
3. Main street
The principal street of a small town or city, on which most of its retail businesses are situated, or a metaphor for smaller cities and/or small businesses in general. UK equivalent: high street.
4. Mass transit
UK equivalent: public transport.
Abbr. "Mathematics". UK equivalent: maths.
Expert, guru; from the Yiddish.
(Miranda warning) the warning (usually "You have the right to remain silent. If you give up that right, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." etc.) given to criminal suspects before interrogation. UK equivalent: "reading rights" or "cautioned as to his or her rights".
9. Mom, mama, mamma, or momma
Mother. UK equivalent: mum[my], mam, ma).
Single-family operated small business ("a mom-and-pop store"). UK and US equivalent: family business.
UK equivalent: Glandular fever.
UK & US equivalent: undertaker, funeral director.
Courage, daring, and energy as in "This guy's got moxie!" (from an advertisement for an American soft drink).
Part of an automobile's exhaust system, used for silencing engine noise. UK equivalent: silencer.