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.


This rather strange headline in the Sun is the lead in to a story about a rare robin (a bird) that’s turned up in a garden in Hartlepool.  Over 1,000 birdwatchers (aka twitchers) have turned up to get a glimpse of this little creature.  The headline is a play on the word “paparazzi” which is used to describe freelance photographers who pursue celebrities to get photographs of them, using the word “flap” instead of “pap”, which could be used to describe the up and down movement a birds wing makes when flying or preparing to fly, or the state of excitement these people get into “to get into a flap”, every time some unsuspecting little critter turns up unexpectedly.