English In Use – ‘The Waddle Classes’

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 Daily Mirror reports that according to a survey by Leeds Metropolitan University, middle class kids are more likely to be obese than those from poor families. Their headline of ‘The Waddle Classes’ replaces ‘middle’ with ‘waddle’ (one definition of which is ‘to walk heavily and clumsily with a pronounced sway.’


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