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Today, of course, is the real Columbus Day.
I don't think there is a Las Vegas line, but you have to guess both versions are living on borrowed time in terms of enjoying any sort of holiday status.
But while we're on the subject, here's one of my favorite copy-editing stories.
A Spokane freelance editor was going over an online book manuscript a few years ago. She was understandably surprised when she came across a reference to the famous Christopher Columbus vessels, the Nina, the Pinto and the Santa Maria.
I thought that was amusing and briefly alluded to it in The Slice. And sure enough, some woman sent me a scolding email noting that the middle ship was actually the Pinta.
I cannot recall my reply. But I suspect it was kinder than she deserved.
- Columbus Day
I can't say I conducted a scientific survey. I just overheard some muttering.
But a walk in downtown Spokane this morning suggested that one way to greet the news that certain government offices and businesses are closed today is to utter familiar four-letter words.
- Columbus Day
- Monday Poll: Two-thirds of Hucks Nation oppose state and county workers getting a day off in observance of Columbus Day on Monday. 73 of 111 (65.77%) said they shouldn’t get the day off. 31 of 111 (27.93%) said they should. 7 respondents were undecided.
- Today’s Poll: Which candidate has momentum in the 1st Congressional District race — Raul Labrador or Walt Minnick?