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.



The Daily Mail used the headline ‘This Is A Ho-Ho-Hold-Up, Folks’ on a story about an armed bank robber in Nashville, USA, who dressed up as Santa and demanded money so he could ‘pay his elves’. The headline is a play on Santa’s laugh ‘ho-ho-ho.’  And in this context a hold up is when someone steals from someone else using violence or the threat of violence.