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.

This rather seasonal offering comes from The Sun.  It tells the story of how a council in England decided to replace the usual Christmas tree – a Norwegian fir that cost around £500 – with a 33ft green “traffic cone”, a branchless artificial tree with embedded lights and speakers that play music..  The reason for the replacement was they were afraid the normal tree might topple over in high winds.

The headline is a play on the phrase “Health and Safety”, which is the identification of hazards to reduce accidents and exposure to potentially harmful situations and substances.

An elf is a mythical being, who possesses magical powers. Elves assist Father Christmas in making toys and processing the wishes of children from all around the world at Christmas time.

Original Article: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2747928/KILLJOY-town-officials-axe-dangerous-Christmas-trees-in-Poole-Dorset.html#ixzz0Y3LKSkCP