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Old 01-28-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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I just finished a non-fiction book where the author, a Wall Street Journal journalist, uses the word "lede" about the beginning paragraph of a newspaper article. From context and a Wikipedia definition, I would call that the "lead" instead. Perhaps forum members know about this term, which is new to me.
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I just finished a non-fiction book where the author, a Wall Street Journal journalist, uses the word "lede" about the beginning paragraph of a newspaper article. From context and a Wikipedia definition, I would call that the "lead" instead. Perhaps forum members know about this term, which is new to me.
It has got to be 'lead' and refers to the stuff at the top after the heading that persuades readers that they should bother to read the rest. And essential feature which many people forget.

In fact, the first seven words should do this. And they often don't.

Associated with the word is 'leading' which is the typesetters handling of white space with plain lead instead of font characters.

   
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I just finished a non-fiction book where the author, a Wall Street Journal journalist, uses the word "lede" about the beginning paragraph of a newspaper article. From context and a Wikipedia definition, I would call that the "lead" instead. Perhaps forum members know about this term, which is new to me.
It is newspaper lingo for the first paragraph in a newspaper story.

When I was studying such things, we were taught to get the basics — who, what, when, where, and if known, why — into the lede.

There are quite a few special terms traditionally used at newspapers. They usually refer to a paragraph as a graph, for example. And when writers actually typed up stories, they always ended with -30-.

   
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It has got to be 'lead' and refers to the stuff at the top after the heading that persuades readers that they should bother to read the rest. And essential feature which many people forget.
No — lede is the 1st paragraph of a news story. It relates to lead — to be in front of — and not particularly or obviously to lead (used to create spaces between lines of type).

The paragraph you are thinking of is the deck (which might consist of a subhead and a short explanation or intro; used more in magazines than newspapers).

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Associated with the word is 'leading' which is the typesetters handling of white space with plain lead instead of font characters.
Leading (pronounced ledding) is another thing entirely. As you say, it is the additional space between lines of type. We still use the term today even though no lead is involved. If you say a line is set in 10 point on 13, you mean an extra 3 points of space has been added; that is the leading.

   
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I just finished a non-fiction book where the author, a Wall Street Journal journalist, uses the word "lede" about the beginning paragraph of a newspaper article. From context and a Wikipedia definition, I would call that the "lead" instead. Perhaps forum members know about this term, which is new to me.
Unknown to the MSOED! Must be an Americanism <g>

Note: http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/

Anyone wanting to be inundated should Google on [meaning: lede]

   
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