English In Use – ‘Gnash Of The Day’

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.

When Liverpool footballer Luis Suarez bit an opponent, the British media went into overdrive with headline writers having a field day. My favourite was The Sun’s ‘Gnash Of The Day’, a play on “Match Of The Day”, the title of the BBC’s main football programme. To gnash means to bite.

The headline writers have had a field day with this story, and there have been some other great headlines:- The Guardian came up with – Eats – Shoots – Leaves. And in a follow-up story “Luis Suarez of the dead.” Another from The Sun – Same old Suarez – always eating. Mirror Sport – The Kop Cannibal Metro – Bite Club (A play on the name of that famous film “Fight Club”) I guess it’s amusing, unless you are a fellow club member, or the guy being bitten.


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