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.

The English newspapers have had a field day when it comes to headlines over the News of the World hacking scandal. So no doubt the Daily Star, arch-rivals of News Corporation’s top tabloid The Sun, enjoyed their headline on the story that the corporation had scrapped its £10 billion take-over bid for pay TV channel BSkyb. ‘Sky Falls In On Murdoch’ says it all!

The sky falls in is a phrase that’s often used to describe a disaster.