Thursday, June 7, 2007

R.S.V.P.

In planning our mom's 70th birthday party of all the invitations sent out only about 7 people replied. Now I have heard by word of mouth about a good amount of people that will be there. It has apparently become the norm to not reply or maybe most people don't know the meaning of this acronym. I had this problem when Jill married. Well maybe it is just our family? Huh? Naw! That doesn't account for the friends that will be there but did not reply. The trend really does not apply just to our friends and family but to the world.

Hmm! Wonder if this is what R.S.V.P. means. Come on, help me decipher what else this could mean.

R = Really
S = Smart
V = Vital
P = People
As Loretta said only these people are invited and this is what we consider them to be....not dead.

or

R = Rad
S = Super
V = Vibrant
P = Party

This is what every party we give is like!

True Meaning:
The term R.S.V.P. comes from the French expression "répondez s'il vous plaît", meaning "please respond". If R.S.V.P. is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming, and it does not mean respond only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite head count for the planned event, and needs it by the date specified on the invitation.

I've got it! Maybe the reason we don't know the meaning is that it is French. We only knows English. Ya, that's it. Or maybe it is because the invitation has the address, email and phone number blacked out like above. You can't be too safe you know. Wouldn't want not just the internet world to know where my brother lives and what his phone number and my email and home address is but maybe the people we invite would find out and pass it on. Heh! Heh!

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