‘Las Vegas’ is Spanish for ‘The Meadows’. This explains why it’s such a good place for gambolling.
I’m going to Vegas on Wednesday for the American Copy Editors Society annual conference. (For some reason, a lot of conferences are held there.) We’ll share tricks of the trade and chew over issues that arise in editing and how to handle them. I daresay we may chat about our grammar and usage pet peeves, and how mine are eminently reasonable and everyone else’s are outdated dogmas.
The American Copy Editors Society seems like a good thing. True, I’m not actually American, but I decided to exploit an ambiguity in the name: is it a society of American copy editors or an American society of copy editors? Hopefully the latter.
This will be my first trip to the US – in fact, my first trip out of Europe – so I’m looking forward to finding out what the place is really like. I’m sure Vegas is bound to be representative of the whole country.
But I’m not much of a traveller, not much of a sightseer. Even less of a gambler. The genuinely exciting bit for me is the conference. The line-up of sessions looks really interesting, and there are a lot of editors I slightly know online who it’ll be great to meet in person.
So, in between shopping and packing and making lists, I’m trying to get myself into an American mindset. Color center trashcan aluminum gray sidewalk defense yee-haw!
And I’m really going to enjoy spending some quiet time in those meadows.