American versus British English spelling and vocabulary

In terms of writing there are some words that are spelt differently in American English and British English. For those taking IELTS exams both types of spelling are acceptable. Here are a few examples.

American spelling: labor, color, favorite, neighbor, center, theater, gray, airplane
British spelling: labour, colour, favourite, neighbour, centre, theatre, grey, aeroplane

Similarly, there are some vocabulary differences in British English and American English. Here are a few examples.

British English: autumn, flat, lift, holiday, queue, rubbish, secondary school, shop, pavement
American English: fall, apartment, elevator, vacation, line, garbage, high school, store, sidewalk

An American peanut butter and jelly sandwich might sound a bit unusual but not if you recognize that the 'jelly' is 'jam'.
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