Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 10:25:41 -0500 From: SETH SKLAREY Subject: Re: sidebar I've always heard sidebar used in the legal context, i.e. a conversation among all sides in a legal trial but out of earshot of the jury and usually of the audience. 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 presume that is a different context. SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >>David's entry of 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 >> 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 >gaydar. > >- Allan Metcalf > >