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jarts: internet lawn defense league

you kids get off my lawn

Dear world: it's "Bury the lede," not "bury the lead."

We're fucking up the organization of a news story, not attending DiCaprio's funeral.

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This must be a US usage; I've always seen it spelt as 'lead' in the UK.
Yes, I believe this is so. I still don't have to like it.
I had to google it, never having come across it in the UK (either the concept or the term - I assumed it meant 'swinging the lead' but it seems to be solely US media-speak). Google sources give both spellings as 'correct' for US though. If you believe the internets...
The internets would never lie!
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.
Precisely.