What's in a Word | All Blogs


RSVP not de rigueur

By Debra Dobbins


I just snagged a coworker in the hallway and asked coworker whether that person is planning on attending a book club meeting tonight at my home. Coworker replied in the affirmative. (Coworker will remain anonymous because I do not wish to embarrass coworker for not sending me a gilt-engraved RSVP, delivered on a silver platter by a white-gloved butler, or at least a footman.)


Other book club members have sent IMs and/or emails, letting me know whether they can attend. Along with accosting my coworker, those forms of communication are fine with me for such an event. I don’t need a formal RSVP, and I have a perfectly good reason. If I don’t know an exact count of attendees, I can overbuy wine and appetizers and then happily consume the leftovers. I do realize, of course, that instead of going to waste, they’ll go to my waist, but ‘tis the season for overindulging, after all. I’ll make an early New Year’s rez to hit the gym more often.


Yes, as noted in a Dear Annie letter on 6B today, RSVP means “please respond.” More precisely, it means “respond, if you please,” which is a direct translation from répondez s’il vous plait. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the phrase came into English from French around 1845.

Illustration special to the Sentinel
 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Peak Color
By Ann Driggers
Monday, October 20, 2014

Lack of water impeding late season gardening efforts
By Penny Stine
Monday, October 20, 2014

Online Consignment Shopping
By Julie Norman
Friday, October 17, 2014

KAFM Films Concert for Internet Release
By David Goe
Friday, October 17, 2014

Band on the Rise: In The Whale
By David Goe
Friday, October 17, 2014


TOP JOBS
  • Respiratory Therapist

    Gunnison Valley Health is hiring for a Full-time experienced  

  • Owner Operators

    OWNER OPERTORS and Company Driverswanted to run for Titan Truc...

  • Mechanic

    (Fruita,CO) Summit Midstream Partners FT Employee Pe...

  • Licensed Electricians

    wanted*Must be ND Licensed or be licensed from a Recipro...

  • Government

    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESCRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICESCr...





THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Sign in to your account
Information

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy