Are "far better" and "way better" both in the same register and interchangeably used?

If not, what's the difference between them?

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    The difference is regional? As a speaker of BrE, I never say "way better", but "better", "much better", and "far better". Commented Jun 15, 2021 at 11:05
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    They both mean the same thing. Way better is more casual/ less formal.
    – Void
    Commented Jun 15, 2021 at 11:08
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    The full OED defines this usage of adverbial way = very under definition 3 as slang (originally U.S.). Extremely, very; really. Cf. well adv. 16b. They don't say anything like that about far = very much. Commented Jun 15, 2021 at 11:35

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The only real difference is that "way", as an adverb to emphasize degree or separation, is more informal than "far". They could both be used in a casual register, but "far" is perhaps more likely to be chosen by someone speaking formally.

This use of "way" was once slightly more common in US English than British English, but has increased in usage with recent generations and is very common now.

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