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 kept it simple with their headline on the story that the legal representatives of soccer star David Beckham have served a  £16m writ on prostitute, Irma Nici, over her claims that he paid her for sex.

The headline, is a play on the phrase “serves you right, which means ‘you have got what you deserve’.  In the headline ‘Serves You Writ’ they’ve exchanged ‘Writ’ for ‘Right’, a writ is a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer.