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.

Homophones – Two words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings, like role and roll: Hence the Sun headline ‘Carpet Fitter Is Real Roll Model’. The story is about carpet fitter Rob Knighton from Shoreditch, East London, who has signed up at the age of 50 to be a model after being spotted while laying the floors at a talent scout’s house. The headline uses the world ‘Roll’ as in carpet roll instead of ‘role’ as in ‘role model’.

A role model is a person who serves as an example, someone whose behaviour is emulated by others.