I received an email with the "RRSP" abbreviation.

"RRSP by 1 Nov 2011 to Willy Milly."

Upon checking with Thesaurus.com, it is a synonym of "RSVP".

Can one use "RRSP" and "RSVP" interchangeably?

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    I've never seen RRSP before. Do you know what it stands for? By the way it's 'RSVP' not 'RVSP'. – Stuart Allen Nov 2 '11 at 4:14
  • @snubian I've fixed the 'RVSP' typos. – Hugo Nov 2 '11 at 5:47
  • @Snubian me neither. I really want to know now. – narx Nov 2 '11 at 6:21
  • Hi Snubian, I am also quite surprise to see the RRSP too. You can refer to Gnawme answer - some more the link in the answer have a funny quote - "RRSP vs RSVP, putting money away for the future vs spending it on a party …" – Larry Morries Nov 2 '11 at 6:33
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    Reply Real Soon Please? – Brian Nixon Nov 25 '11 at 23:05

RSVP means répondez, s’il vous plaît – “please reply.”

While Thesaurus.com lists RRSP as a synonym of RSVP, the link for RRSP takes you right back to RSVP.

This person faced the same dilemma of seeing RRSP on an invitation:

At the bottom of the invitation, it says “RRSP” – which is, obviously, the acronym for “Registered Retirement Savings Plan”.

So now I simply don’t know what to do. Should I reply to these people to tell them that we would love to come to their party, or should I simply donate some money to their RRSP?

The bottom line: RRSP is not a synonym of RSVP. Use RSVP when you mean RSVP.

  • The link your provided is very funny. Someone even say - "RRSP vs RSVP, putting money away for the future vs spending it on a party …". Ok, so, both RRSP and RSVP can be use interchangeable. Thanks. – Larry Morries Nov 2 '11 at 6:20
  • @LarryMorries: No! RRSP means "Registered Retirement Savings Plan". Just use RSVP, it means what you want it to mean. – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Nov 2 '11 at 12:55
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    I'm not sure how RRSP could possibly be a synonym for RSVP, since respondez s'il vous plait only has one "R" in it. RSP or RVP would be somewhat believable. If I saw RRSP on an invitation, I'd be very confused as well, and assume that the host had made a very strange typo. – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Nov 2 '11 at 13:48
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    @FrustratedWithFormsDesigner: I think it's a typo, myself. The only phrase I could find for RRSP that didn't have anything to do with retirement was "Resource Reservation Setup Protocol." I have no idea why Thesaurus.com lists RRSP as a synonym for RSVP. – Gnawme Nov 2 '11 at 16:41
  • There are few other here RRSP, none mention it. Interesting, there seems to be no evidence that RRSP means RSVP, but Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition is what the thesaurus.com is based on. – Unreason Nov 25 '11 at 15:12

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