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OK, kids, spot the flaw in this lede:

Discussion in 'Writers' Workshop' started by HejiraHenry, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Lanny Frattare is retiring after 33 seasons as a Pittsburgh Pirates announcer, the longest tenure for a broadcaster in the club’s 122-year history.
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Besides the fact that there were no announcers 122 years ago because radio hadn't been invented yet? (The franchise itself has actually been around since 1882 -- 126 years -- although it didn't join the National League until 1887.)
  3. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Written that way, "Pittsburgh Pirates announcer" = "longest tenure."
  4. The better question is what is correct in that lead?
  5. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Why do people insist on using "lede"?
  6. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    That, indeed, was the part I found pretty amusing.
  7. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    So it's not confused with the word "lead" as in the element.
  8. pallister

    pallister Guest

    So if the title of this thread were "Ok, kids, spot the flaw in this lead," you would assume it was about heavy metals?
  9. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    I saw no reference to Iron Maiden anywhere in that story.
  10. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    Of course not, because in context it makes no sense. But the word, by itself, can be confusing -- especially when the metal lead was, according to journo jargon, "used extensively in hot-type days, and a term that refers to the spacing of lines in a story."
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but megaphones had been.
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