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 News of the World’s headline of ‘Are They Havana Laugh’ was for a story about British diplomats getting “danger money” for living in what the paper called “dream holiday resorts”.  Embassy staff are in on the so-called Diplomatic Service Compensation Allowance scheme which awards extra pay-outs for postings to “dangerous and challenging environments” such as Dubai, Mauritius and Havana, Cuba.

The headline is a play on the phrase ‘having a laugh’ which can be used to show that you think that  something  is not reasonable or fair.