Technical jargon: What does "RSVP" mean?

Interesting that in a world where English is pretty much the standard language for everything, an acronym with French roots is experiencing an unexpected renaissance. RSVP - or "répondez s'il vous plaît" - used to be found only on invitations from wealthy people inviting an illustrious company to an événement, for which one had to politely sign up [...]

Interesting that in a world where English is pretty much the standard language for everything, an acronym with French roots is experiencing an unexpected renaissance. RSVP - or "répondez s'il vous plaît" - used to be found only on invitations from wealthy people inviting an illustrious company to an événement for which one had to politely register. Today, the abbreviation appears on every digital calendar entry.

Popularized thanks to Outlook

The French always complain that their language is dominated by English, and to this day they refuse to call the computer - like almost everyone else on the planet - a computer. L'ordinateur is what they call it, which since the last update of the most widespread calendar program in the western world has helped them to unexpected world fame.Unfortunately, especially in marketing and communications lingo, the acronym is pronounced in English, namely Ar-As-Vi-Pi. But the program is still called Outlook and not yet Bellevue.*Benno Maggi is co-founder and CEO of Partner & Partner. He created the section "Vom Fach" in the NZZ FOLIO and was in charge of it for years. He presents and deciphers words and terms that can be used either for small talk, pomposity, excitement, playing Scrabble or simply for fun.

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