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Lance Smith: Editorial 3-30-13


Public Service announcement: Lost art of social skill.

Have you have ever received an invitation to a party or event and the letters “R.S.V.P.” were written on the invitation somewhere? More than likely you have, especially for a party where food/drink were served or the host needed a head count for reservations.

“R.S.V.P.” stands for a French phrase, “répondez, s’il vous plaît,” which simply means “please reply.”

In other words, the person sending you the invitation would like for you to respond and tell them whether you are coming or not. More specifically, they want to know if you accept or decline the invitation so they can plan accordingly.

Either way, if you plan to go or not go, it is considered very thoughtful and courteous to let the host know by “RSVP”ing. And, the earlier you R.S.V.P. the better! It gives the host more time to plan accordingly and they will admire how thoughtful you are.

Research has indicated that people who don’t “R.S.V.P.” have seen a huge decline in the number of invitations they are now receiving.


Lance Smith

One Response to Lance Smith: Editorial 3-30-13

  1. Zach Clayton

    April 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Once you have hosted an event which requires you to pay per anticipated attendee, you are very cognizent of RSVP’ing.

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