on November 15th, 2012 at 12:39 am
The reason "lede" was spelled like that, though, was because there genuinely WERE problems Back In The Day. The editors would send notes down to the printers, and it made a real difference if you were talking about shifting the lead up, which would mean that the physical type was misaligned, or if you were talking about shifting the lede up, which would mean for the printers to make an on-the-fly edit to pull the topic sentence out more prominently.
Yes, at this point, it IS an archaic holdover piece of jargon. But it's one that I'm rather fond of.