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.


Even the most patriotic of English publications had to admit that Premier League champions Manchester United were outclassed by Barcelona in the Champions League football final at Wembley. Hence the headline ‘The Lionel King’ in the Sunday Express which was a play on ‘The Lion King’, the smash hit 1994 Disney animated film and Lionel Messi, the star Barcelona striker.