"bury the lede"

Doug_Harris cats22 at STNY.RR.COM
Tue Aug 26 03:16:23 UTC 2008

This has been discussed before -- that the term 'lede' is common newspaper
parlance for the 'lead' of a story, to avoid, as you suggested, confusion
with another sense of the latter ('lead').

 Charles Doyle
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 7:42 AM
Subject: "bury the lede"

I noticed this in today's syndicated column by Leonard Pitts, regarding the
recent televised exchange with McCain: "In answering the abortion question .
. . one could argue that he [Obama]--to use a journalist term--buried the

Including various forms of the verb, the phrase gets some 22,000 Google
hits, with a comparable number for "bury the lead"--which was surely the
prototype expression, "lead" in the sense of 'leading news story'?  Was
"lede" substituted to avoid confusion with "lead" [lEd], the base metal?

No entry for "lede" (in that sense) in the OED.


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