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Strictly British

manky
Bad, inferior, defective, dirty (NSOED).

market town
A town where a market - what a lot of people in the U.S. would probably think of as a farmer's market - is held regularly. Several surrounding villages would be connected with a market town, so that farmers in the villages would go to the market town to buy and sell produce or livestock.

Compare with village.

marmalade
A clear, jellylike preserve made from the pulp and rind of fruits (especially citrus fruits). (AHD)

marquee
A very large tent, especially when used for public events like fairs (NSOED).

master
A teacher; a person qualified to teach (NSOED). This is often used in compound form with the name of the subject the person teaches. For a woman, "mistress" would be used in the same way, e.g., "Headmistress".

mate
Friend.

matron
A woman managing the care of the sick at a school. In a hospital, this title refers to the woman (if she is a woman) in charge of the nursing staff.

mental
U.S.: crazy, insane.

mickey
See take the Mickey.

mince
Very finely diced meat, sometimes referred to as mincemeat. Not to be confused with the quite different substance also known as mincemeat that is used in mince pie (see).

mince pie
A small round pie filled with mincemeat (in this sense a mixture of sweet stuff - sugar, suet, and/or spices - and fruits such as currants, raisins, chopped apples) traditionally eaten at Christmas (NSOED). Not to be confused with mince.

Missus
Used as a form of address when speaking to an older woman, especially one who is a stranger to the speaker (NSOED).

money-spinner
Something that makes a lot of money. While the word can be used to apply to a person rather than a thing, that's less common. (NSOED).

moor
A moor is a broad tract of open land, often high but poorly drained, with patches of heath and peat bogs. Of the heather moorland in the United Kingdom, most of it lies in North Yorkshire, Wales, Cumbria and Dartmoor (with some moorlands in the far West Country in the county of Cornwall). For further information about moors, see: WEB LINKhttp://www.moorlandassociation.org/. Famous fictional works largely set in such moorland regions include Frances Hodgson Burnett's WEB LINKThe Secret Garden (Yorkshire) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's WEB LINKThe Hound of the Baskervilles (Dartmoor).

mum, mummy
Diminutive of Mother; US: Mom.

musical statues
U.S.: game known as "Freeze" or "Statues" (not the same thing as musical chairs, though similar as both games are played to music). In musical statues players dance around foolishly and must "freeze" like a statue when the music stops.

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