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Please Respond Please


Invitations for my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah will soon be mailed, and we have received/will receive invitations for other boys and girls crossing that rite of passage.

What no one will on see our invitation — and thankfully I haven’t seen it on any others —  are the printed words, “Please RSVP.”

That’s because “Please RSVP” is redundant. RSVP is French for répondez s’il vous plaît, literally meaning “respond if you please.”

Would you normally say, “Please respond if you please”? I didn’t think so.

Thanks to Robin K. for the idea.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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November 21, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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