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 reports on a survey that British holidaymakers face extortionate mobile phone bills when they use their phone abroad.


The headline ‘They’ve got us by the calls’, is a play on the idiom ‘they’ve got us by the balls’ which means having complete control over someone.