R.S.V.P. stands for a French phrase, “répondez, s’il vous plaît,” which means “please reply.” The person sending the invitation would like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation.
That is, will you be coming to the event or not? Etiquette rules followed in most Western cultures require that if you receive a formal, written invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. For hosts who are planning a dinner party, a wedding or a reception, this is important from a practical point of view, because they need to know how many people to count on and how much food and drink to buy. More important, though, is the simple courtesy of responding to someone who was nice enough to invite you, even if it is to say that you regret that you will not be able to attend.
You might wonder why we use the initials of a French phrase in an invitation that is written in English. You could say that the French “invented” etiquette, although that would be a simplification because there have always been rules of courtesy to follow in civilization. In fact, an Italian diplomat, Conte Baldassare Castiglione, wrote the first book about proper behavior among nobility in the 16th century. Many of the practices of Western etiquette, however, came from the French court of King Louis XIV in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
At Versailles, his palace, Louis XIV had the rules for court behavior written on what the French referred to as “tickets,” or “étiquette.” The tickets either were signs posted at Versailles or were the invitations issued to court events with the rules of behavior printed on the back; experts give different versions of the origin. And French was the language of refinement and high society through the 19th century in the United States. Judith Martin, the author of etiquette books and a syndicated newspaper columnist known as “Miss Manners,” thinks that “R.S.V.P.” came about as a polite way of reminding people of something that they should already know: If you receive an invitation, you should reply.
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It is a very common question your friends can ask you anytime. When someone invented the typewriter, why didn’t he put the A-Z keys in sequence? I believe it is certainly an obvious question for any computer/type writer noob. In fact when I started getting my hands on computer keyboard, even I had this question. Lets find it out -
Logic behind the reason
Initially in 1860s, the characters on the typewriters were arranged in alphabetical order
Initially in 1860s, the characters on the typewriters were arranged in alphabetical order. At that time a typewriter use to work using a set on the end of a metal bar which strikes the paper when its key was pressed. However, this procedure was not at all compatible to type faster. Still an operator had learned to type at speed by facing lot complications. Letters that placed close together on the keyboard became tangled with one another, forcing the typist to manually unstick the type bars. This also caused staining the document frequently and jams in typewriter machine. A business associate suggested using nice trick by splitting most commonly keys to speed up typing, so that they also don’t get tangled very often. Rearrangement of keys introduced the word QWERTY, the most commonly used modern-day keyboard layout.
QWERTY keyboard layout
QWERTY is designed for English language. By all means the purpose was to rearrange the keys that were expected to be used in quick sequence were less expected to hold up with each other. The top row was planned to have all the letters for the word ‘typewriter’ hence a typist can easily type the most common words like ‘typewriter’ more quickly.
QWERTY was designed after spending a lot of time on research allowing one hand to move into position while the other hand strikes a key. Thousands of English words can be spelled using only the left hand and right hand separately. And therefore an unfortunate consequence of the layout goes to right-handed typists because more English words can be spelled using only the left hand. QWERTY layout is helpful for those who use their right hand primarily for the mouse leaving the left hand type.
Arrangement of keys under QWERTY layout may not sound completely sensible to many of us today as we are now many decades ahead to that time.
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