RSVP’s aren’t a useless nicety
RSVP — or “répondez, s’il vous plaît,’’ in French—basically translates as “please respond.” It often appears at the bottom of an invitation. Accompanying the letters will be specific information for how the recipient of the invitation is to answer, usually a phone number, mailing address, or e-mail address. The problem is that people receive invitations and don’t respond. The frustration that people who organize dinners and events feel toward those who don’t RSVP is palpable.