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.

This rather depressing (if you’re Scottish) story in the Sun is about life expectancy in Scotland.  Seemingly, living “north of the border” can take years off your life.  And 8 of the 10 areas with the lowest life expectancy for men are in Scotland – as are seven of the 10 worst regions for women.  Sadly the worst prospects of all are for residents of Glasgow, where, on average, men die 13 years before those in posh districts of London – where women also live for 11 years longer than Glaswegian females.  It must be all those deep-fried Mars bars.

Source: The Sun

The headline is a play on the title of a patriotic song, an “unofficial” national anthem of Scotland, “Scotland the Brave”, substituting the word “grave”.