I learned that the intro to a news story is spelled lede and not lead, because a part of the linotype machine they used to print newspapers was already called the lead, so they misspelled "lead" to not confuse people. Then I found out that lede only started to be used at the very end of the linotype's lifespan so that's probably not true.
I didn't learn anything.
Frank West, June 13, 2021, 08:39:08 pm
Linotype machines fucking rule. Printed text for a long time was set by hand, with each letter being on a single piece of lead. But if you want to print newspapers or the like, time is of the essence. So you type up your line on the linotype, drops the mold as you type, and then casts the whole line in lead right there. When you're done, you toss it right back in the pot of bubbling lead to be reused. This is why old newspapers have really rigid kerning and columns.