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 are always dipping into pop music to help them come up with a witty line such as ‘My Cherie Ammo’ from the Sunday Times. This was on a story about a 92 year old woman who fired a pistol at her neighbour’s house, shattering a window, after he refused her a kiss!

The headline is a play on the 1969 Stevie Wonder hit song ‘My Cherie Amour’, substituting ‘ammo’ (short for ammunition) for amour.