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.


Male readers of a sensitive nature are advised to look away now! The Daily Mirror plumped for a cinematic reference for the headline on their story that millions of men with sex problems are suffering in silence, too ashamed or embarrassed to seek help. More than a third experience erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, according to a survey for high street chemists Boots.

The Mirror used the headline ‘The Silence of the Rams’, a play on the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs starring Anthony Hopkins (ram being a male sheep).