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.


‘It’s Vest Bitter’ is a headline in the Sun about Welsh Guard Dan Collins who vowed to buy a large beer for whoever built his new body armour after he was hit in the back by a bullet from a Taliban sniper in Afghanistan. Dan visiting the firm of NP Aerospace in Coventry to buy a drink for employee Kevin Butterly. The word ‘vest’ is used instead of ‘best’ as in ‘best bitter’, the kind of beer we English like to drink.