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The meaning of RSVP

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Fabienne, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    A question: do Americans readily understand the meaning of RSVP, or should it be made clear in some other way that the courtesy of a response is appreciated by a particular date?
     


  2. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    No, we are all really as stupid as you Europeans think that we are. If the invitation does not blow up by a certain date, we don't know what to do with it. [​IMG]. I would assume that most Americans know what RSVP means.
     


  3. JBZ

    JBZ Senior member

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    I think (hope) most Americans know what RSVP means. However, no matter how you phrase it ("RSVP," "the courtesy of a response is requested by [date]", "you need to tell me if you're coming", etc.), you will always get a minority of people who never respond. What's just as bad, if not worse, is people who say they will show up, but then don't without a good excuse, particularly if the event is costing a set amount per plate.
     


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    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Reserve Space Via Phone? [​IMG]
     


  5. heavyd

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    Reserve Space Via Phone? [​IMG]


    The term means literally: rÃ[​IMG]pondez s'il vous plaÃ[​IMG]t (please reply)

    It is in French.

    Don't listen to these guys, it was a fair question. There is a lot of jargon you know that they don't I am sure.
     


  6. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    The term means literally: rÃ[​IMG]pondez s'il vous plaÃ[​IMG]t (please reply)

    Actually, it's: respond, if you please.

    It is in French.

    You don't say...

    Jon.
     


  7. heavyd

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    Actually, it’s: respond, if you please. You don’t say… Jon.
    It's funny how critical people get on this board UNLESS you come here bearing sale codes to share! [​IMG]
     


  8. heavyd

    heavyd Senior member

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    Actually, it's: respond, if you please.



    You don't say...

    Jon.



    It's funny how critical people get on this board UNLESS you come here bearing sale codes to share! [​IMG]
     


  9. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    I believe that most Americans do readily understand "RSVP". Unfortunately, many Americans lack the courtesy to comply.
     


  10. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    It is somewhat redundant to say 'RSVP please'.

    You could enforce the RSVP by only sending directions to those that do.
     


  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Actually, it’s: respond, if you please. You don’t say… Jon.
    Actually, it is respond, if it pleases you.
     


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    Actually, it is respond, if it pleases you.

    I was being literal in my translation, merci beaucoup.

    Jon.
     


  13. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    It's funny how critical people get on this board UNLESS you come here bearing sale codes to share! [​IMG]

    What? [​IMG]

    Jon.
     


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    Wait a minute, I thought the whole point of "RSVP" was that you only have to respond if you want to. If it literally means "respond, if it pleases you" or "respond, if you please," what if it doesn't please me to respond or if I don't please to respond?

    If you really want everyone to respond, don't ask in such a weak, french, way (i.e., "respond, if you please"), ask in a tough American way (e.g., "a response is mandatory" or "failure to respond will result in legal action" or "failure to respond may result in death or serious injury").

    Come on people, get with the program here.
     


  15. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I was being literal in my translation, merci beaucoup.

    Jon.

    De rien.
     


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