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Friday, March 28, 2008

Now That’s a Lede

posted by on March 28 at 7:20 AM

Some ledes write themselves:

A New Zealand man who claimed he was raped by a wombat and that the experience left him speaking with an Australian accent has been found guilty of wasting police time.

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And the wombat runs (or waddles) free, waiting for its next victim. Think of the children!

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | March 28, 2008 7:33 AM

Didn't hurt his bum at all. So glad to hear it, Mate.

Posted by Spoogie | March 28, 2008 7:34 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | March 28, 2008 7:35 AM

Not to be picky, but that's a "lede," not a "lead."

Posted by Liz Pendens | March 28, 2008 7:48 AM

Thanks, Liz. Changed. I am dum.

Posted by Dan Savage | March 28, 2008 7:56 AM

What the heck is a lede? Also the previous post refers to "the Guardian" not BBC.
But hey, it is still morning over there I think.

Posted by Scott Dow | March 28, 2008 8:03 AM

When are the police going to be found guilty of wasting MY time?

Posted by GS | March 28, 2008 8:04 AM

It's a BBC announcer that got the giggles, Scott, but the MP3 is up on the Guardian's website, which is where I found it.

Posted by Dan Savage | March 28, 2008 8:08 AM

A lede is the leading line of a story. Except that, back in the olden days when actual lead was used for type, it was too confusing to spell it "lead," so the word "lede" was invented, and it's just sorta stuck with us.

Posted by Liz Pendens | March 28, 2008 8:09 AM

My dictionaries say "lead" and "lede" are synonyms. Either spelling is correct.

Now what about that chap's hobo that ain't hurtin'........

Posted by Hartiepie | March 28, 2008 8:17 AM

At least he found room in his busy life to give alcohol a large role.

Posted by elenchos | March 28, 2008 8:21 AM

Everyone knows that wombats don't do that, it's crocs, mate.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 28, 2008 8:44 AM

Wow, I didn't know about "lede" - that's fascinating and strange! It sounds like a type of medieval song or something.

Posted by Levislade | March 28, 2008 8:58 AM

Dan Savage, directing Editor of the Stranger, not knowing that it is LEAD and not LEDE is perfectly indicitive of how far from journalism the Stranger is.


but i still love ya

Posted by Non | March 28, 2008 9:13 AM

The only people who use "lede" are journalism students and recent graduates who think it's cool to have a lingo. It's not cool, and the lingo should never see the light of day outside of the 40s-style newsroom. If you're not wearing a fedora with a card reading "press" on the side, and/or carrying a Speed Graphlex, lose it.

Posted by Fnarf | March 28, 2008 9:46 AM

Then why did Dan change it, huh? HUH?

Wombats are dangerous sexual maniacs.

Posted by leek | March 28, 2008 9:53 AM

That's funny. He goes to the cops to cry rape, and the cops slap him with time-rape charges.

Posted by Gomez | March 28, 2008 9:57 AM

sounds like the animals have all gone crazy. the same page you linked to has a story about a sex-crazed monkey trying to rape village women!

where is ECB!?!

Posted by fs | March 28, 2008 10:16 AM

Dan Savage is callously ignoring the pain felt by wombat rape victims and the entrenched wombatarchy of the police that leads wombat rape victims to be treated like criminals.

Posted by don't break the oath | March 28, 2008 10:19 AM

Sorry uppity journalism students, but "lead" wins by virtue of superior phonetics and etymological pedigree.

Posted by Greg | March 28, 2008 10:24 AM

"Lede" isn't in M-W online, for what that's worth. It's not in the OED in this sense, either - although it apparently also means "a people, nation, race." I say change it back!

Posted by Levislade | March 28, 2008 10:35 AM

Couldn't he plead insanity?

Posted by keshmeshi | March 28, 2008 10:35 AM

Oh thanks, fnarf. Now we're going to have to explain to the young'uns what a "Speed Graflex" is...

Posted by COMTE | March 28, 2008 11:11 AM

We too support our comrade don't break the oath in speaking out against the oppressed wombats falsely accused by the invading humanocentric species.

But swan abuse is the real problem worldwide, as Leda could tell you.

Posted by Society for Speed Graphlex Criminalization | March 28, 2008 11:52 AM

forget Youth pastor Watch- the Stranger needs to start Horny Wombat Watch.

Wombat rapists threaten the stability of the family. They are a bigger threat than Islamic extremism.

Posted by Phred Meijer | March 28, 2008 12:23 PM

I agree, we really need a Horny Wombat Watch.

Can we get a digital one?

Posted by Meijer Phred to Swan Control | March 28, 2008 1:57 PM

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