English In Use – ‘Emmageddon’

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 British media has a tendency to get rather hysterical with its coverage of the recent bad weather conditions. Hence The Sun headline of ‘Emmageddon’ about  the current Storm Emma bringing freezing temperatures and snow to the UK.

The headline writers simply pinched the word armageddon and adapted it for their own dramatic purposes.


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