English In Use – ‘You’d Be Carping On About This One For A While’

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.

 

Never let grammar get in the way of a a good headline. The Sun’s story about Jo Green, from Reading, Berkshire, who set a world record for a woman angler by catching an 84lb carp in France produced the headline : ‘You’d Be Carping On About This One For A While’, making a play on the word ‘carp’.

A carp is a freshwater fish, and as you might be able to guess they can grow pretty big, but to carp actually means to find fault or complain about something, which would hardly be Ms Green’s attitude after such a catch.

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