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 headline from the Daily Mirror was used in a cute story about a dog, who has had a litter of 15 puppies.   Red Setter is the breed of dog, and the headline is a play on the phrase “Red letter day” which is used to describe any day of special significance.  

Many current calendars have special dates and holidays such as Sundays, Christmas Day and Midsummer Day rendered in red colour instead of black, and the term originates from this practise from medieval times, when church calendars and illuminated manuscripts often marked initial capitals and highlighted words in red ink, known as rubrics. The First Council of Nicaea in 325 decreed the saints’ days, feasts and other holy days, which came to be printed on church calendars in red.