Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Mon Nov 18 16:42:01 UTC 2002

>From a meeting announcement at U of Penn:

> Afterwards we will be taking him for dinner at [name of restaurant].
> Please RSV if at all possible, but in any event feel welcome to join
> us.

Apparently the writer of this announcement (not a native speaker of
English, by the way, or French for that matter) interpreted "RSVP" as
"Respond x x Possible", with "x x" ~= 'if'.

-- Mark A. Mandel
   Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania

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