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.

A headline in the Sun newspaper, ‘Brendan is hauled over the Coles’ refers to Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Brendan Coles receiving a dressing down from the BBC for calling judge Craig Revel Horwood an “Australian idiot” after he criticised Coles’ celebrity partner Jo Wood.The headline is a play on the idiom ‘being hauled over the coals’ which means being told off or admonished.