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language/history - Why do we use 'R.S.V.P.'?

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BadgerBadger Tue 05-Apr-05 17:18:30

I can understand (and quite like!) the latin 'p.s' and other latin words/abbreviations, but why do we use an abbreviation of a french term as a popular ending to an invite?

Why not just 'Please reply'?

R.S.V.P. seems less terse, but how or when did it become usual to use it?

trefusis Tue 05-Apr-05 17:22:13

Message withdrawn

BadgerBadger Tue 05-Apr-05 22:54:42

I thought it may be something along those lines trefusis.

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