English In Use – ‘Royal Fail’

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.

Sad story in the Daily Mirror about great-gran Clara Asquith from Golcar, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, who was looking forward to her 100th birthday card from the Queen but died hours before it arrived. The headline of ‘Royal Fail’ was a poignant play on ‘Royal Mail’, the postal service.


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