There are many ‘French’ phrases or words that are used in English-speaking countries that seem to go unnoticed.

We have just received a wedding invitation in the post from a family member and on opening it I can see at the bottom of the invitation ‘ R.S.V.P to….’

I wonder how many people know that R.S.V.P is a commonly used acronym for invitations but one with French origins – it means ‘répondez, s’il vous plaît’, or ‘please reply / request for a response’.

R.S.V.P has French origins

R.S.V.P has French origins


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