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’s headline of ‘Does My Brum Look Big In This?’ refers to a story that according to a recent survey by the Association of Public Health Observatories, almost one in three adults in the area around Birmingham are classed as obese.

‘Brum’ is a nickname for Birmingham and ‘Does My Bum Look Big In This?’ is phrase used by people concerned that they may be overweight.