English In Use – ‘Brit, Brit, Hooray’

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 Sun is probably the UK’s most jingoistic newspaper so it is perhaps no surprise that their headline on the story that 98.8 per cent of Falkland Islanders voted to remain British was ‘Brit, Brit, Hooray’, a simple play of ‘Hip, Hip, Hooray’ which is something you can call out to cheer someone or something.

Hooray may also be spelled and pronounced hoorahhurrahhurray etc.


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