English In Use – ‘The Inkredible Hulk’

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 isn’t a misspelling, it’s the headline of as story about Birmingham man Matt Whelan, who has been acclaimed in the Daily Mirror as Britain’s most tattooed man. He has spent more than £20,000 and has had at least 300 hours under the needle.

The Mirror headline of ‘The Inkredible Hulk’ is a simple play on the comic book character ‘The Incredible Hulk’, replacing “Inc” with “Ink”.  Ink is the coloured fluid used for writing, drawing, printing etc.


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