Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 04, 2004

In Reply to: Rsvp posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 03, 2004

: : : : : : : : what does RSVP stand for?

: : : : : : : Respondez! si vous plait.

: : : : : : : French for "please answer".

: : : : : : Do I dare to dream my accents might print? Répondez, s'il vous plaît. SS

: : : : : I've heard the American version to be Respond So Very Promptly.

: : : : Never heard that one here on the East Coast.

: : : I had no idea. It's been around the Midwest for quite some time, over 20 years I should think.

: : Never heard it uses that way here in the NE part of the US.

: : Having recently spent a few days of my time doing some "retail campaigning" in Pennsylvania for Senator Kerry, I quickly found out that gymnasium and auditorium are used synonymously down there.

: : Here in the NY area basketball hoops are found in a gymnasium and seats and a stage are found in an auditorium ( audio, audire, from the L***n ).

: What part of PA, Bruce? Could you have been in a school where they set up chairs in the gym and call it the auditorium? Just curious, as we live in Northeastern PA, and my wife is a native of the Anthracite region. I wasn't aware of these words being used differently here than in NY/NJ.

I was working a week and a half from Harrisburg south on I83 towards Baltimore which is SE PA, correct?

Also took a slight break over to PA Dutch area, Lancaster. Felt like a carpetbagger.

And I thought we Brooklynites talked funny!