Headline English: Double Meanings

Today’s episode of my little video experiment, Headline English, talks about how newspaper headlines often use phrases and words with more than one meaning as a way of grabbing (getting) your attention.


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36 Responses to Headline English: Double Meanings

  1. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Great, Jeff. Congratulations for the opportunity. Thanks a lot.

  2. Thiago Messias says:

    I love this segment

  3. peter says:

    Hi-dee-do everybody

    Hi chief,

    It is very nice to seeing you again on the blog.
    Well, honest ,my presence is to have the honour to meet you in person. Well , given the distance betteeen us, I take what I can get.:) I mean ,the video clips will do.
    I must say ,the first headline was quite transplant. By that I mean ,not much of an implication to it. It was crystal clear that where the headline is trying to convey. I mean ,what the article is trying to get at :)) ( pun intended )
    However ,the seond headline totally did it for me. Well , i m not talking about what it is trying to imply but the way you address it. I like the way you go about it.
    What I have to say like best about the video clip is the extended time in order to fit in the second headline.
    That put this video clip on top.

    It is nice to see some faces around the blog from time to time. It Is good for morale. It gives a good momentume

    Thanks chief or whoever originally came with the idea of blog video clips.

    Hope to see more of you around the block Jeff.

  4. peter says:

    The vendor thingy is funny :))
    Very refreshing episode.
    It is indeed made for a Monday episod.
    It put one in the right mood before they head for work.
    It is a pitty that I listened to it now.


  5. Dan says:

    Hello Jeff.

    This is Dan from Italy, and it is nice to see you again.

    Come on Jeff! do you still call this an experiment? I thought this was definitive and confirmed.

    Love the Headline English idea. Too bad it is too short.
    Something is missing though, the giant cup!

    Well, talking about flying objects,I think we should congratulate ourselves sometime.
    By that I mean that if you think that it took “only” 100 years, give or take, for us humans to go from the first airplane to unmanned drones. I mean… it’s quite something, don’t you think?

    I was also thinking that I haven’t touched a newspaper for so long now that it’s becoming weird to see one.
    Today’s kids are probably like, what’s that thing? because they have never bought one..

    I handle paper as a job, so maybe it’s because of that that I never buy hard copies. As many today, I get my news online.
    Wow.. times pass by and new technologies replace old ones..hey guys keep buying hard copies of book…or I am going to lose my job.

    Bye thanks

  6. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello Dan and hello Peter. Nice seeing you. My pleasure.

  7. Dan says:

    Instead of saying congratulate ourselves, I could have said “Pat ourselves on the back”

    That’s better, simpler and also creates a mental picture.


  8. peter says:

    Hey Aceio

  9. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hi, Dan and Peter. Ya-ba-da-doo.

  10. peter says:

    :)))) funny Aceio
    ” Hi-dee-do “is a real thing
    I didn’t make it up


  11. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Ya-ba-da-da-doo for you all.

  12. mahmoud says:

    I love your program .I like you . i think you are good teacher and good person. I hope a day see you and face to face I say to to thank you.9

  13. peter says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Aren’t u a sight for sore eyes.
    I just woke up. I have to get ready to go to work
    I always put my phone on the night stand by my bed before turning in at night.
    The first thing I do in the morning is to check in here to see what is going on.
    Well ,sadly not much of a change from yesterday.
    You know ,usually when u show up on the blog. The video clip get a lot of hits.
    Well ,we need to give it more time.
    U know ,I drop by here after physical and mental exertion. Well ,last night I had this prostration. I felt week and exhausted at work. I kept to my desk for 10 hours straight with no breathers. And , here I am getting ready to go back to my desk. My beloved work desk.
    Man , it is tiring.
    I could use a good vacation in an absolute seclusion the place where bird-chirpings are the only disturbance. The place where tranquility is at its highest state.
    I m telling you man , toiling away 6 days a week is not a cable walk. The exertion gets you.


  14. peter says:

    Dear Jeff,
    There were no gohts in my highschool days too.
    It all must show up after our times.:)
    It is a relatively new trend ,I presume.

    The simpleton
    Pete 🙂

  15. lili:) says:

    Thank you Dear Jeff. I’m very happy to see you and see you well.

    In order that we can learn speaking English properly, we need to see how your mouth move. Watching you teaching us like this is a bonus.

    I like to see your facial expressions and hand gestures. You have to be so careful not to knock down the iPad in front of you that your movement is very limited. But I like the way you move your hand to mean “double meaning”. Is this proper sign language?

    In the past, I watched some other videos which showed English learners how to speak English, how to stick your tongue out, how to put the tip of your tongue between or behind your teeth, etc.

    It’s very tiring for me and sometimes my tongue hurt so much that I stopped caring about whether my pronunciations are correct. In fact, something correct for one person might not be correct for another person anyway.

    Just one question before I go. In ESL Podcast 1144 – Being Assertive and Meek,
    Victor: We need to take the bull by the horns. In the meeting today, we’re going to give it to them straight, no more hemming and hawing.

    I was listening to Jeff spelling hawing, I thought, can’t be right, I was expecting to hear the “haw” and then ‘wing’.

    I spent some time finding out the pronunciation for this word. It’s easy to find the pronunciation for “haw”, but difficult to find the pronunciation for “hawing”.

    I looked up the website “howmanysyllables.com”, they say “2 syllables” for “hawing”.

    I was baffled. I gave up. Jeff and Lucy are professors in American English, they must be right.

    At least I have learned something I never knew before.

    Many thanks again Jeff. Look forward to seeing more of you.

    Best Regards


  16. peter says:

    Dear Lucy,
    Did i ever mention that I love the touch of comic on your diolog scripts. It makes it all the more appealing 🙂
    I m all for the use of humour in education system.
    It is good for morale.it is encouraging and creat an atmosphere that said students can thrive. All in all , it put us in a good mood for study. That is the whole idea ,right ?

    Oh boy ,let’s reminiscent :
    U know ,I had this proff back in college days.
    man ,he was tough.
    He is both stickler and strict to a fault. He is pedantic and above all very tough marker.
    I never saw him smile during the entire semester. . He kept this rigit ,strict face at his classes.
    He is a psychological behaviour professor. U know , he gave us a quizze on the materials he taught during the week. Every quizze weighed 3 percent of our entire grade. sure , each individual quizze didnt weighed too much in and of itself.
    However , collectively it had this big impact on our final grades. It could bring the whole grade down and eventually could have an adverse effect on the whole GPA at the end of the semester.
    I remember ,it was right in the beginning of the semster that I had this family problem. My dad was hospitalized. U know it is a long story. For that i could not prepare myself for the weekly quize which was being held every Friday.
    so I took a cheat sheet to the quizze. Well, needless to say , he caught me red handed. I mean ,he caught me cheating. Consequently ,he pulled the scantron sheet off my table and walked away ( It is a sheet in which u mark the right answers for multiple-choices questions )
    he gave me a big fat zero for the quize
    True ,I slid bit. it was just once. But ,there was no reasoning with the guy.
    The mishap happened during the early weeks of the semester. From that day forward He kept an eagle eye on me till the last day of the semester. He was breathing closely down my neck and watching my every move particularly at the exam times.
    It was brutal man
    I never took any classes with him for the entire time I was studying at college

    I better get going

  17. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Tomorrow will be better than today and today is better than yesterday.

  18. Dan says:

    Hi lili.
    Acute and good observations.
    I see you as a good inspector/investigator or scientist.


  19. Dan says:

    Hey Pete.

    Believe me when I say that I understand you very well.
    I have been doing that for the last 29 years.
    But I don’t want to be judgmental.
    Take this a neutral comment.
    Bye, Dan

  20. Dan says:

    Hey lili.

    Have you noticed Jeff’s pinch hand gesture?
    I have noticed that in previous videos.
    At 4:00 there is a good example.
    He is not the only one. President Obama does that too.

    Bye dan

  21. Dan says:

    Hey me again.

    One other thing that goes without saying is how white Jeff is.
    I wonder if he has ever experienced racism since he lives in a predominantly
    Latinos State.
    That would be interesting to know.


  22. emiliano says:

    Bravo Jeff, as always it is a great pleasure to se you face to face speaking
    your perfect English.
    Thank you so much dear friend.

    Jeff, Tania, you know Cuca is going worst and she needs even more.
    She remains in the bed nearly full day so I like to be at her side, talking,
    watching a movie together and reading aloud a book for her.

    Very few time to see ESL podcast or even less to write here as I did
    before for years and years.
    Cuca is my absolute priority and I left everthing aside to be just
    beside her as long as possible.

    These words are also for all of you dear friends of ESL, Lili, Dan
    Aecio, Peter, and my dear teachers Lucy and Warren, all of you of course
    that read or write here in this Blog all round the world.

    God bless all of you. emiliano

  23. Tania says:

    Hi to all our blog friends,

    I miss you all.


  24. Tania says:


    Dear Emiliano, I’m really sorry for Cuca.
    I wish her much health and to you courage and patience.


  25. Tania says:

    As I told you I read “The Bonfire of the Vanities” by Tom Wolfe but in my language.
    I have found many, many interesting ideas that I would like to share with you.
    So I had to find the English text of the book, to find all quotes in Engliah.
    I could say that I read this book twice just to share together the ideas that fascinated me.
    I was shocked by the following :
    1) the Prologue, Mutt on Fire;
    2) the fate of a so called Master of the Universe;
    3) the writers’s admiration for the Irish cops;
    4) the writer’s courage writing in a such satirical way about the Wasp and the Yanks. I remember of the movie “American Beauty”.
    5) The explanation of “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, in the actual context;
    6) Captain Ahab from Moby Dick;
    7) many slang terms.

  26. Tania says:

    I would start with the Prologue of The Bonfire of the Vanities, English Cafe 519.

    “Harlem rises up! …All of the black New York rises up! He’s only mayor for some of the people! He’s the mayor of White New York!
    Set fire to the mutt! The Italians will watch this on TV, and they’ll love it.
    And the Irish. Even the Wasps (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant). They wont’t know what they’re looking at.
    They’ll sit in their co-ops on Park…, and they’ll shiver with the violence of it and enjoy the show.
    Cattle! Birdbrains! Rosebuds! YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW , DO YOU?
    Do you really think this is your city any longer? Open your eyes! The greatest city of the twentieth century!
    Do you think money will keep it yours?
    Come down from your swell co-ops, you general partners and merger lawyers!
    It’s the Third World down there!
    …do you really think you’re insulated from the Third World!
    …They’ll come see you!… They’ll sit on your desks and drum their fingers! They’ll dust out your safe-deposit boxes for you, free of charge.”

  27. Tania says:

    And now the Masters of the Universe… I was very impressed by the Sherman McCoy’s fate, the main character of the novel.

    “Sherman could see the island of Manhattan… Just think of the millions, from all over the globe, who yearned to be
    on that island, in those towers…! There it was… the city of ambition, the dense magnetic rosk, … all those who insist on being where
    things are happening – and he was among the victors!”

    “On Wall Street he and a few others…had become precisely that…Masters of the Universe.
    There was… no limit whatsoever! Naturally he had never so much as whispered this phrase to a living soul…
    He was no fool. Yet he couldn’t get it out of this head.”

    “Masters of the Universe! The roar filled Sherman’s soul with hope, confidence…and rightousness. Yes, rightousness!”

    “As the number one bond salesman, Sherman had no official rank. Nevertheless, he occupied a moral eminence.
    You were either capable of doing the job and willing to devote 100 percent to the job, or you got out.
    …They received a base salary , a safety net, of $120,000 a year each.
    This was regarded as a laughably small sum.
    All for one and one for all, lots for oneself! And therefore…no slackers allowed!”

    “Idleness was a sin not against the self or against God but against Mammon.”

    “He considered himself as part of the new era and the new breed, a Wall Street egalitarian, a Masters of the Universe
    who was a respecter only of the performance.”

    “Cynicism was such a cowardly form of superiority.”

    “The fiftieth floor was for people who weren’t afraid to take what they wanted.
    And, Christ, he didn’t want much, compared to what he, a Masters of the Universe, should rightfully have.
    All he wanted was to be able to kick the gong around when he pleased to have the simple pleasures due all mighty warriors.”

  28. Tania says:

    After such a performance of a Masters of the Universe, a rich Wasp… the jail.

    “So many glowering faces, black and white! Murderer!…Motherfucker!…Say your prayers, Park Avenue!…
    Tear you a new one!…McCoy, say – McDead, baby!… Mine!… Count every breath, baby!
    …Lights out, sucker!”

    “Sherman looked toward the drunken Latino. He was still collapsed on the floor. There were three cockroaches rooting
    about in the folds of his left pant leg at the knee… An other roach… gray… a mouse!…a mouse crawling out of the man’s pocket…
    One of the latinos had seen the mouse. A foot came flying out. The mouse went…like a hockey puck.
    Another leg flew out… Laughter, shouts… the mouse came spinning toward Sherman…More laughter…
    It was a terrific show! They were enjoying it immensely!”

  29. Tania says:

    And the Epilogue of the novel…

    A Patrician Figure
    “A tall, patrician figure, son of the eminent Wall Street lawyer and a product of St. Paul’s School and Yale,
    Mr. McCoy,39, was dressed in an open-necked sport shirt, khaki pants, and hiking shoes.
    This was in sharp contrast to the $2,000 custom-tailored English suits he was famous for as the legendary $1,000,000-a-year
    – king of the bond market-”

    Diminished Life-Style
    “At his arraignment six hours later, Mr. McCoy appeared before Judge with a slightly swollen left jaw
    and abrasions on the knuckles of both hands.”

    “Sources close to Mr. McCoy, whose worth was once estimated as more than $8,000,000, said that a year of extraordinary legal expenses
    and entanglements has left him – barely able to pay the rent-.
    … the owner of a $3,200,000 cooperative apartment, he now rents two modest rooms.”

  30. Tania says:

    I was frightened and very moved reading this novel.
    “The title , The Bonfire of the Vanities”, involves the lack of control anyone has over their lives
    regardless of their wealth, wisdom, or success.”

    All is the moment, the moment of a success that can’t last for long time.
    That’s why the large metropolis’ life is a continuous and feverish succesion of breakdowns and raises consuming,
    and vainglories and illusions, like in a never extinguished bonfire of the vanities.

    Thank you, dear Jeff, for all your English Cafe where we can learn about such masterpieces of the American literature.

    All the best for you,


  31. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Thanks Emiliano for the reminder. Podcast team are real thing. Sorry to hear Cuca is worst. Trust in God and everything will be fine.

  32. Dan says:

    Hi Emi!



  33. peter says:

    Right back at you Emiliano

    Thanks fir the kind words bro


  34. peter says:

    You are funny as hell !!!
    I m talking about ur comment about Jeff’s fair completion :)))
    And that ,he is subject to discrimination for that :)))
    It was a belly laugh
    U had me rolling in the aisles:)))))
    My skin color is whiter than Jeff bro
    I m ghostly white.
    So ,I must watch my back if I happen to be down there.

    Good one Dan
    Kudos to you on that
    Very comical comment
    it was a good laugh
    My eyes are all watery
    U know , what made me laugh so hard ?
    I was picturing Jeff the entire time thst I was reading your hysterically funny comment

    U make a good stand up comedian man
    Have u ever considered it :)))

    I give ur comment Two thumbs up

    Thanks plenty

  35. lili:) says:

    Hi Emiliano

    Thank you so much for letting us know you’re well, but just too busy to write because you need to give all your attention to Cuca.

    Cuca is a beautiful woman who captured Emiliano’s heart when both of them were so young and so cheerful.

    Unfortunately, as my mother always said when I was little, “Flowers can’t remain beautiful for 100 days; humans can’t remain fortunate for 1,000 days”, Cuca became ill and unable to continue the normal life she wished she could.

    Fortunately for Cuca, Emiliano is determined to go through this painful process of human’s life with her. Even more fortunate for this couple, they can afford to do just what they are doing now – to be close to each other.

    Emiliano, my thoughts are with you and Cuca.

    Please take care.


  36. emiliano says:

    Lili, Tania, and every one of you dear Blog’s friends a big THANK YOU.

    Your words Lili are incredible beautiful, and they have touched my heart because they are true, it is my life
    now, our life know, just loving each other even more because I need her presence and she needs my
    presence too just to go on, day after day.
    There is not tomorrow, it is just today, this moment.
    I have been talking with the doctor this morning, after that I have a walk and I have came anxious to see
    Cuca in the bed alreday and have a talk with here telling what I have done and what the doctor said.

    Now she is sleepy and emiliano is having diner, too late of course, but I don’t care.

    Again Lili, your words have been of joly to me. Thanks a lot to you and all the friends here
    for so many years.,. emiliano

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