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 Sun newspaper used the headline ‘Baron Flunky Of Two-Faceshire’ in a scathing article about Labour politician and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott,who in the past had said he had no intention of ‘flunkery and titles’, being sworn in in the House of Lords as Baron Prescott of Kingston-upon-Hull.

The headline uses ‘flunky’ which is a term of contempt for someone who obeys superiors in a servile, cringing way and ‘two-faced’ which is an idiom for hypocritical or insincere.