Friday, May 1, 2009

According to my sources RSVP means "Répondez s'il vous plaît" which is French for "Please Reply"

This is obviously confusing to some people, so this is both a whine AND a public service announcement.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much as this is seriously a huge pet peave of mine. I love to plan parties, but almost no one ever follows the gentle, size 36 font RSVP request. Do you think if we put that at the top or on the front of the invitation people would get off their lazy asses and respond? For crying out loud, they all have cell phones, email... the works. WTF?!!!

Anonymous said...

UM Erin -- I am coming to your party Saturday night -- sorry I forgot to RSVP -- and it is a total pet peeve of mine too!!!!

phd in yogurtry said...

Oh, I thought it stood for regrets. So much for my seven years of french.

My personal preference, when I send invites, is to say "RSVP if you plan to attend" .. I think most people (including wimpy me) have a hard time declining invites. Though email certainly makes it easier. So no excuses there.

MommyTime said...

THANK YOU for saying this. Makes me bonkers too.

Julie B. said...

Actually...at one of my parties I commented to my aunt that she never replies and she was like huh? I mentioned the RSVP and she was like..OH, THAT'S what that means. How do you get through life and not know that. Give me a break....so now when I send invites to supersmart relatives i just right please respond by...and then put my phone # and e-mail

Anonymous said...

I was just discussing this with a co-worker as I'm drafting invites for a cocktail party. You'd think major donors (givers of $10k+/year) of an arts organization would know what this means yet they never respond. "Regrets only" doesn't work 'cause they all say they thought they were gonna make it; same culprits every time. I think I'm going with "Please respond by (that means let us know if you're coming or not m#therf@cker)..." and maybe they'll finally read something.