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.


It’s the height of the cricket season in England and the Daily Mirror plays around with a cricketing term with the headline ‘Stumped By A Space Rock.’ The story is about cricket fan Jan Marzal (51) who claimed that he was hit by a piece of meteorite whilst watching Middlesex play Sussex in Uxbridge. He said that one piece hit him on the chest whilst another bounced on a boundary wall.

The headline uses the word ‘stumped’ which can mean challenged or progress frustrated but is also the cricket term for a form of dismissal when the wicket-keeper puts down the wicket when the batsmen is out of his ground.