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‘Lede’ vs. ‘Lead’ | Howard Owens
Some years ago, researching the evolution of “objective journalism,” I cracked open many of these old books, and something struck me — in none of these old books did any author spell the word “lede.” They all spell it “lead.”

It was then I realized, there is no historic basis for the spelling of a lead as “lede.” “Lede” is an invention of linotype romanticists, not something used in newsrooms of the linotype era.
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13 hours ago by ramitsethi
TIL it's only called an acronym when you pronounce the abbreviation as a real word (ex. NASA). Otherwise it is known as an initialism (ex. FBI). : todayilearned
TIL it's only called an acronym when you pronounce the abbreviation as a real word (ex. NASA). Otherwise it is known as an initialism (ex. FBI).
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2 days ago by ramitsethi
A style guide for book authors
Writing books can be daunting. There may be times during the process when you’ll question your reasons for doing so. This guide will assuage your fear a little, at least, though it won’t tell you how to write your book or what to write. Your writing shouldn’t conform to a bland, corporate template: you need to be yourself. The guide is here to help you do that.
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8 days ago by spaceninja
Oxford comma dispute is settled as Maine drivers get $5 million
Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, grammar goons and comma connoisseurs, Oakhurst Dairy settled an overtime dispute with its drivers that hinged entirely on the lack of an Oxford comma in state law.
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10 days ago by terry
Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million - The New York Times
If ever you wonder if the Oxford comma really matters, then the answer is yes, sometimes it matters very very much.
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11 days ago by alasdairw

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