Jul 03

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#3 Follow the Headlines DAYbyDAY


On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar. 
—David Ogilvy

Indeed, headlines are arguably more important than the article itself… They need to be tricky, unique, creative, super-clickable, irresistible and even sexy:)  …. so as to grab people’s attention in just a few seconds. BUT, also for that reason, headlines are often rather difficult to understand for non-native speakers of English.

So, why not expand your vocabulary by scanning the headlines DAY by DAY?

Below you will find recent headlines taken from various newspapers, with terms and expressions well worth learning. Guess the meaning of the expressions marked in red and check your answers in the VocabList below. Enjoy!

CU tomorrow for the next round of headlines!


Thousands of jobs face axe as cash shortage threatens Greek traders

Barcelona bans new tourist accommodation licences
Rivals to rally as Greek vote looms

Europe hit by soaring temperatures
'Yes' camp takes slim lead in Greek bailout referendum poll

China hunts for 'manipulators' as stocks tumble


to face axe:to be in a situation in which you, as an employee, may loose your job
cash shortage: cash squeeze Do you remember this term from yesterday? Check it out here!
to ban:to forbid
to be hit by sth: (here) to be touched / attacked by a negative effect
soaring temperatures: quickly rising temperatures
to take (a) slim lead: to be in a winning position (by a small majority)
bailout: financial support (by lending money)
referendum poll: a study in which people are asked for their opinions about their preferences in a referendum

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