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Define lexical differences between British English and American English (II): mixed items

Below is a list of equivalent lexical items. For each item say whether it is exclusively used in British English or American English only or whether it occurs in both varieties.

(1) diaper nappy

diaper (:vips 12326:)

nappy (:vips 12327:)

(2) flutist flautist

flutist (:vips 12328:)

flautist (:vips 12329:)

(3) French fries chips

French fries (:vips 12330:)

chips (:vips 12331:)

(4) treacle molasses

treacle (:vips 12332:)

molasses (:vips 12333:)

(5) lead leash

lead (:vips 12334:)

leash (:vips 12335:)

(6) cot crib

cot (:vips 12336:)

crib (:vips 12337:)

(7) motorcar car

motorcar (:vips 12338:)

car (:vips 12339:)

(8) waistcoat - vest

waistcoat (:vips 12340:)

vest (:vips 12341:)

(9) tin - can

tin (:vips 12342:)

can (:vips 12343:)

(10) spanner wrench

spanner (:vips 12344:)

wrench (:vips 12345:)

(11) rubber eraser

rubber (:vips 12346:)

eraser (:vips 12347:)

(12) give way yield

(:vips 12348:)

(:vips 12349:)

(Based on Crystal, 1997: 309)
(Source of the pictures: Crystal, 1997: 308)