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post #61 of 72
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Originally Posted by odoreater
Why's everyone assuming I'm talking about 6 year olds? What I said was happening right through high school. I think high schoolers can handle soda - heck, I think they can even handle a full cup of soda.



EDIT: By the way, I nominate this thread as one of the most absurd conversations we've ever had on styleforum.
Just wait 'til you and the soon-to-be-Mrs.-Odoreater have some little Odoreaters. You'll develop a new appreciation for absurd conversations.
post #62 of 72
It would appear that Fabienne's original post was correct - we Americans have no freaking idea what "RSVP" means.
post #63 of 72
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Originally Posted by odoreater
Why's everyone assuming I'm talking about 6 year olds? What I said was happening right through high school. I think high schoolers can handle soda - heck, I think they can even handle a full cup of soda.



EDIT: By the way, I nominate this thread as one of the most absurd conversations we've ever had on styleforum.


because I ahve a 5 year old - I don't even think about high school....

yes, high schoolers can have soda, even a full cup. I will take note and remember that.
post #64 of 72
Doesn't "s'il" mean "if it"? I always thought RSVP meant, "respond, if you please," which I figured meant, if you are going to come, then respond.



edit: I took French 1 in 10th grade.
post #65 of 72
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post #66 of 72
Oh lord! I can't believe this thread. It's really not that complicated. S'il vous plait means please. So RSVP means PLEASE RESPOND!!! Not if it please you, or if you please... Just call us and tell us if you're coming or not dammit! It's just a matter of courtesy to let a host or hostess know that you will in fact be showing up to their home (or cannot make it). You can ignore the request and not respond but that would impolite.
post #67 of 72
+1 Shouldn't even need RSVP.
post #68 of 72
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Originally Posted by EL72
Oh lord! I can't believe this thread. It's really not that complicated. S'il vous plait means please. So RSVP means PLEASE RESPOND!!! Not if it please you, or if you please... Just call us and tell us if you're coming or not dammit! It's just a matter of courtesy to let a host or hostess know that you will in fact be showing up to their home (or cannot make it). You can ignore the request and not respond but that would impolite.

post #69 of 72
further diluting the meaning of 'RSVP' and clouding the issue for many, is the current preponderance of those junk-mail 'Invitations' to events like car test-drivings. It's just rudeness on top of rudeness when I get junk mail that suggests I'm impolite if I don't reply to it. However, because no-one really expects that you're going to tell Lexus you don't plan to attend, this frivolous use of the term dilutes the real meaning of RSVP. It's possible that in the future RSVP will go the way of ib id., op.cit, and loc.cit.
post #70 of 72
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Originally Posted by faustian bargain
further diluting the meaning of 'RSVP' and clouding the issue for many, is the current preponderance of those junk-mail 'Invitations' to events like car test-drivings.

It's just rudeness on top of rudeness when I get junk mail that suggests I'm impolite if I don't reply to it.

However, because no-one really expects that you're going to tell Lexus you don't plan to attend, this frivolous use of the term dilutes the real meaning of RSVP.

It's possible that in the future RSVP will go the way of ib id., op.cit, and loc.cit.

Surely you can tell the difference between being invited to a sales pitch by a corporation and to someone's home for a social gathering, the latter which compels you to reply.
post #71 of 72
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Originally Posted by EL72
Surely you can tell the difference between being invited to a sales pitch by a corporation and to someone's home for a social gathering, the latter which compels you to reply.
me personally, yes. the culture at large, i have my doubts.
post #72 of 72
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Originally Posted by EL72
Oh lord! I can't believe this thread. It's really not that complicated. S'il vous plait means please. So RSVP means PLEASE RESPOND!!! Not if it please you, or if you please... Just call us and tell us if you're coming or not dammit! It's just a matter of courtesy to let a host or hostess know that you will in fact be showing up to their home (or cannot make it). You can ignore the request and not respond but that would impolite.


I think that this just goes to show that the phrase is too confusing for use by us ugly Americans. Although I am glad that I read this thread. Now if I get an RSVP invitation from someone who is French, I will know that I have to respond whether or not I am coming.
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