“Please RSVP”

Even though “Please RSVP” literally means “Please Respond Please”, RSVP seems to have taken on a meaning of its own. “Please respond” sounds odd, maybe a bit curt. So “RSVP” must now refer to a response to a party invitation.

I’ve been reading a great book, Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping. With that in mind, I was at Nordstrom the other day. Upon leaving I was aware of the placement of the merchandise and signs, and how deliberate it was. What song came on? “Come and Get It”, written by Paul McCartney and performed by Bad Finger:

If you want it, here it is, come and get it,
but you better hurry ‘cos it’s going fast.
If you want it here it is, come and get it, make your mind up fast.
If you want it anytime I can give it, but you’d better hurry ‘cos it may not last.
Did I hear you say that there must be a catch
will you walk away from a fool and his money.

Needless to say, I chose not to buy anything.

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