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December 21st, 2007

(no subject) @ 11:54 am

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I've gone for years thinking that an RSVP meant that you only had to reply if you were going to attend. I learned today that it means you need to reply regardless of whether or not you'll be there. Where did I ever get my old understanding? And who else agrees with me that it's an anachronism? Not the idea that you should tell the host whether or not you'll be there, but how the host asks for it?
 
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:December 21st, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
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well, technically translated it means 'respond if you please' (répondez si vous plait). I would think that would mean whether or not you were planning to be there, you should tell the host. There is something called 'regrets only' which I guess means that you will attend unless you tell the inviter you won't.

I've always replied in either case - yes or no.
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From:john_holton
Date:December 21st, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
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I always took the "if you please" to mean "if you want to come".
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From:anderyn
Date:December 21st, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I always thought RSVP was tell us either way.
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From:john_holton
Date:December 21st, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
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That's what I found out.

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