Other Word Forms of Lede
Origin of Lede
Mid-20th century neologism from a deliberate misspelling of lead (reverting to its archaic, phonetic spelling - compare Middle English below), intended to avoid confusion with its homograph meaning a strip of type metal used for positioning type in the frame. Compare hed (“headline").
Obsolete spelling of lead revived in modern journalism to distinguish the word from its homograph lead strip of metal separating lines of type
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English lede, leode, from Old English lÄ“ode (“men, people"), lÄ“od (“man"). More at leod.
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