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use >> it to mean 'Traffic Warden'.

Which I think is "crossing guard" in the U.S.

I thought our crossing guard was their lollipop man,

Or lollipop lady.
and our meter maid was their traffic warden.

Spot on, but only if they're women. Did 'meter
maid' exist pre-Lovely Rita?
DC
Which I think is "crossing guard" in the U.S.

Not sure about that. Does a crossing guard issue fines to drivers for breaking parking regulations?

No. A crossing guard is usually a parent or staff member of a school standing out in the street by a school with a hand-held stop sign. When I was a wee lad, these positions were filled by students, but anymore it seems to be adults. They have no official capacity.

OTOH, this likely varies from stat to state.

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Spot on, but only if they're women. Did 'meter maid' exist pre-Lovely Rita?

Absolutely. that was the inspiration for the song. And a meter-maid is sexless. I've never heard anyone hesitate to call the (exceedingly rare) male meter-maid a meter-maid.

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There is also a list of recommended substitutes, many of ... by "person" in all my technical writing about computer systems.

As in person-server networking?

It's all about serving people, innit.

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Not sure about that. Does a crossing guard issue fines to drivers for breaking parking regulations?

No. A crossing guard is usually a parent or staff member of a school standing out in the street by ... but anymore it seems to be adults. They have no official capacity. OTOH, this likely varies from stat to state.

The job of a traffic warden is outlined here:
http://careersadvice.direct.gov.uk/helpwithyourcareer/jobprofiles/profiles/profile49/

* monitoring the use of parking meters, controlled parking zones and one-way systems
* checking for infringements of waiting restrictions and on the loading and unloading of goods
* reporting parking offences
* issuing fixed penalty notices to offenders
* checking that vehicles are displaying up to date motor vehicle licences (tax discs)
* assisting the police in keeping a look out for stolen vehicles * arranging for vehicles to be clamped, or removed by the police to a parking pound if necessary.
In some police forces your work would include moving traffic offences and dealing with anti-social behaviour. This can mean combining the role of traffic warden with that of community support officer.
In BrE a crossing guard is a School Crossing Patrol. He or she is employed by the local council.
There is a photo of one here:

Note the sign on a pole. That is the origin of the nickname "lollipop lady/man".
In BrBureaucratSpeak a person in a particular job/position/post is often referred to as the "postholder". This is apt in the case of a school crossing patrol who actually does have a physical post to hold.

One council's School Crossing Patrol Job Description: http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/transportstreets/cycling/scpjobdescription.htm

Peter Duncanson, UK
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One council's School Crossing Patrol Job Description: http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/transportstreets/cycling/scpjobdescription.htm

Oh dear. "The postholder must have the ability to work on their own initiative and have the ability to timekeep."
To timekeep? How about: must be on time for work.

And the page can't make up its mind between "post holder" and "postholder".

David
In BrE a crossing guard is a School Crossing Patrol. He or she is employed by the local council. There is a photo of one here: http://tinyurl.com/ccz98v

Here's an older one with an ambiguous message:
http://tinyurl.com/cqywkv
James
One council's School Crossing Patrol Job Description: http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/transportstreets/cycling/scpjobdescription.htm

Oh dear. "The postholder must have the ability to work on their own initiative and have the ability to timekeep."

The postholders who write these texts must have the ability to backform verbs.
James
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In BrE a crossing guard is a School Crossing Patrol. ... local council. There is a photo of one here:

Here's an older one with an ambiguous message:

Looks more like a milkman.

David
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