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 Mirror’s headline of ‘Fry-up is Toast’ refers to a story that the great British fry-up, a breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs and toast, is dying out, according to a recent survey. 70% of Brits now have cereal or toast.

The word ‘toast’ is used in the headline because it is also slang for something that is doomed or in trouble.