A selection of headlines from stories in the news.  They use English in a way that you might think is intended to confuse, but it’s all perfectly clear to the native speaker.

“Hey You Get Off Of My Cards” is a headline in the News of the World newspaper on a story about the estranged wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood who has been “left fuming” after he allowed his Russian lover to splash thousands of pounds using debit and credit cards from their joint bank account.  The headline is a play on ‘”Hey! You! Get Off Of My Cloud’ which is a line from the 1965 Stones hit record “Get Off Of My Cloud”.

!Note – The use of “off of” is used a lot in English, but it’s not considered “good English”.  I think it’s rise in popularity can be blamed on music, where lyricists desperate to maintain a certain rhythm popped in an extra “of”.  One example already mentioned above, along with “I can’t take my eyes off of you”.  If you wish to be gramatically correct you would say “Hey! You! Get off my cloud,” or “I can’t stop looking at you.”