The following debatable usage has been moved here in the absence of verification.
lede (plural ledes)
- The opening or leading paragraph of a news story, which usually presents the key elements of the story. An alternate spelling is "lead" (rhymes with heed), which has other meanings as well. Using lede not only clarifies the meaning, but also avoids confusion with lead (rhymes with head), which is a typesetting term.
- Well, it is used that way, and a quick internet search confirms it. Journalists revived the 15th century spelling so that the typesetters could easily differentiate between "the text of this story starts here" and "give me a blank line here." A few traditionalists still use the archaic spelling, for essentially the same reasons that some of them mark the end of their stories with -30- 126.96.36.199 18:24, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
Kept. See archived discussion of February 2008. 07:01, 7 March 2008 (UTC)
older citations would be useful 188.8.131.52 22:50, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
- My thought exactly, so I went and did it. As a side-effect, it provided some historical etymology, too. 184.108.40.206 11:34, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
Journalistic meanings of lead
A journalist has to contend with three possible meanings of non-metallic lead:
- idea or potential source for a good story
- the first sentence or paragraph for the story
- the main front-page story.
This could lead, in principle, to a reporter asking an editor: "could you keep any hint about how I got my lead(1) out of the lead(2) of the lead(3)?" At least 2 and 3 would come up at the editor's desk. The spelling distinction seems useful.
Adding the now-mostly-dated printers' senses of the homographic metal term, there is great potential for confusion.
I have not seen the 4-way confusion potential here hypothesised mentioned elsewhere. Anyone in the field have any thoughts, experiences, facts, or references? DCDuring TALK 11:23, 13 December 2008 (UTC)