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 doesn’t take much to get the Sun headline writers to play around with words. A story about Jo Greer, from Padworth, Berkshire, who caught the world’s biggest freshwater fish – a 25 stone sturgeon – in Canada’s Fraser River produced the headline: ‘Woman Angler Makes Fishtory.’

Fishtory is, of course, a play on the word “history”.  If you “make history” it means you do something memorable or spectacular, in this case – catching a big fish.