English In Use – BBC Ding Dong

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.

Surprisingly the headline, ‘BBC Ding Dong over Margaret Thatcher death song’, is from the Independent.  It’s about the decision BBC bosses have to make about Sunday’s pop charts:  whether or not to play ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’.  The song, which is from the Wizard Of Oz, was propelled to the top of the charts by anti-Thatcher campaigners.

The headline uses “ding dong” which is in the title of the song, and can mean the sound of bells, but here it means to have a row. 


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