You get an invite to a Christmas party, and you have to send your RSVP.
“Let us know if you and your spouse/guest will be able to attend!”
There’s no “and/or” situation in there. Which means that when I RSVP, I may need to explain that the RSVP is just for one person. And that it’s totally fine and I’m happy and content and not a sad singleton!
But then explaining that you’re happy and content and not a sad singleton makes it sound like you’re a not-so happy, not-so content, super sad singleton.
So maybe there’s another way to RSVP for one without making it sound like you’re taking a stand on behalf of all single people everywhere.
“I’m a yes, and that’s all that matters.”
“I’ll be there. Period. Stop. The end.”
“My RSVP is yes. There is nothing more to say.”
But then is the lack of a mention of a guest’s yes enough to say there is no guest? Or will the RSVP collector look at the RSVP and think, “Well that’s not helpful. They didn’t mention their guest.”
Although, in writing this out, I now realize that if I was the RSVP collector, I would (a) get business cards that say “RSVP collector” and hand them out to everyone I see and (b) understand that the lack of mention means there is no one worth mentioning.
Final answer: “I’ll be there!”
Awkward moment successfully dealt with.
(Until the awkward moment got extended with a reply asking whether or not I’m bringing a guest, to which I had to reply “Just me!” with a smiley face to prove I’m not bothered by that fact.)