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.


‘Glass Firms Still A Pane’ is a Daily Mirror headline on a story claiming that double glazing salesmen are still using dirty tricks to con people into buying expensive windows, according to consumer watchdog Which?

The headline uses the word ‘pane’ instead of ‘pain’.  A pane is a sheet of glass, and if you describe someone or something as a pain, it means they’re annoying.