R.S.V.P.: Do you know what it stands for?

by Aaron

Isn’t it funny how we use abbreviations in everyday language and sometimes never actually know what it stands for?

A few months back, I was asked to “RSVP as soon as possible” to an event I had been invited to. We all know that means I need to get back to the host as to whether or not I’ll be attending. But do we know what RSVP stands for? Probably not, since it’s an abbreviation for a French phrase: Répondez s’il-vous-plaît.

How about this one? “Johnny’s gone AWOL.” Still another one so common that many of us forget what it’s an abbreviation for (Absent Without Official Leave). Next time you use an abbreviation, see if you actually know what it stands for! ;)

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