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.


Headline writers have been known to ultilise football chants and the Sun’s ‘Who Primate All The Pies!’ is a classic example. The headline was used on a picture story of a 17 stone orangutan (7st is the normal weight for a female) at a park near Jakarta, Indonesia.

The headline is a play on the popular football chant ‘Who Ate All The Pies!’ which is normally aimed at overweight footballers, officials or opposing supporters.  Replacing the word ‘ate’ with the word ‘primate’, which is used to describe a mammal of the order ‘primates’, which the orangutan is a member of.