Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 10:25:41 -0500
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET
Subject: Re: sidebar
I've always heard sidebar used in the legal context, i.e. a conversation
sides in a legal trial but out of earshot of the jury and usually of the
I presume that originally there was a "bar" in a courtroom and attorneys were
considered "members of the bar." Also there is the phrase "bar none" but I
that is a different context.
crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ipof.fla.net
David's entry of sidebar as "aside" is related to, but slightly
different from the most common referent I've seen for it in the past two
years, namely a boxed (often with different-shaded background) commentary
expanding on a point mentioned in an article in a journal. Usually the
sidebar is set to the right or left side of the page, though occasionally
it may be placed across the bottom. The place I've encountered the term
most often is PC Magazine.
This meaning of the word has been journalist (newspaper) jargon for decades.
Maybe it's now breaking out into general consciousness, like op-ed and
- Allan Metcalf