Alternative name for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. The word was coined by combining the first part of "Manchester" with the second word in "Las Vegas," juxtaposing Las Vegas's glitz and glamor with Manchester's lack of either. Used derisively.
"So are we going out tonight?"
"We live in Manch-Vegas. The hottest spot open this late is Wal-Mart."
Author of the classic fantasy novels Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. His full name is "John Ronald Reuel Tolkien." He was born in South Africa in 1892, but grew up in England, and died there in 1973. Aside from writing, he was a linguist and a professor of Old English at Oxford University.