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.


‘Pukka Mukka’ is a headline in the News of the World. TV chefs, including Jamie Oliver, have been criticised for flogging their ‘health’ food in supermarkets. According to new research their food can be packed with more fat, salt and sugar than even the equivalent cheap supermarket own brands. The headline is a play on the word ‘pukka’ which means genuine and is often used by Oliver in his shows and ‘mukka’ which is slang for friend, but here is a play on the word ‘muck’.