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.



No, the Daily Mirror weren’t barking mad with their headline  of ‘Canine Nine Nine’. The story was about King Charles spaniel Millie who woke up mum Bev Forrester by barking. Bev then discovered that baby son James had stopped breathing and she managed to revive him. “If it had not been for Millie my son would’ve been another cot death statistic,” Bev told the Daily Mirror.

The headline is a play on canine (dog) and 999, the English telephone number for the emergency services.