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Akirlu of the Teasakirlu wrote
on November 13th, 2012 at 06:55 pm

Yes, well, 'lede' is a bit of essentially obsolete American journalist jargon. It means exactly the same thing as 'lead' (rhymes with greed) but was deliberately misspelled phonetically so as to be orthographically unambiguous for the sake of the typesetters, back when type was still set with lead (rhymes with dead) type. Since 'lede' is just a deliberate misspelling intended to serve a purpose which no longer exists, I don't personally see much point in fussing about the retention of the spelling.

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