English In Use – ‘And What Is It That Chew Do?’

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.

A story featuring royalty and a Star Wars character is a godsend for headline writers. When the Duchess of Cornwall met a Chewbacca lookalike at a charity event involving brokers in London’s Square Mile, The Sun’s headline was: ‘And What Is It That Chew Do?”, instead of “And what is it that you do?”, which of course means “What is your job?”.


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