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.

Playing around with surnames is a common trick of headline writers. In the Daily Mail, they use the headline ‘Christine Bling-ley’ on a story about TV presenter Christine Bleakley pictured on returning from holiday with boyfriend Frank Lampard, the Chelsea and England footballer, sporting a new £120,000 engagement ring. Her name ‘Bleakley’ has been changed to incorporate ‘bling’, slang for ‘flashy, ostentatious jewellery’.