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    My engagement invites are bespoke

    Looking for opinions on this sentence. To me it sounds very strange. From what my dictionary tells me, 'bespoke' is used in terms of custom made clothing...Is this usage incorrect?
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

    It sounds informally OK to me. It's clear that the invitations ('invites' itself makes the sentence informal) are individually written and 'tailored' to each guest.

    Here's just one of the dictionaries that confirms that 'bespoke' is in use in the modern world in relation to websites and computer software; it's not limited to clothing.

    (You mention 'my dictionary'. Have you bookmarked the OneLook Dictionary Search?)

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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It sounds informally OK to me. It's clear that the invitations ('invites' itself makes the sentence informal) are individually written and 'tailored' to each guest.

    Here's just one of the dictionaries that confirms that 'bespoke' is in use in the modern world in relation to websites and computer software; it's not limited to clothing.

    (You mention 'my dictionary'. Have you bookmarked the OneLook Dictionary Search?)

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    Cheers. I hadn't seen that website. I normally go to merriam webster.
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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

    Note that this is British. I had no idea what it meant (before looking it up).

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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

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    I knew what "bespoke" meant but only through my unparalleled erudition. I'd say it's not very common in the US; you're far more likely to see "tailored".

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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

    1. Surely they are your engagement party invites/invitations. You don't invite people to an engagement.
    2. I find "bespoke" perfectly fine. However, I would probably change the word order somewhat, to "I have decided to order/buy/have bespoke engagement party invitations".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
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    I knew what "bespoke" meant but only through my unparalleled erudition. I'd say it's not very common in the US; you're far more likely to see "tailored".
    But "custom made" or "made-to-order" or similar for anything not clothing.

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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    But "custom made" or "made-to-order" or similar for anything not clothing.
    Absolutely. In another part of my life, I run a business writing bespoke murder mysteries.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    Looking for opinions on this sentence. To me it sounds very strange. From what my dictionary tells me, 'bespoke' is used in terms of custom made clothing...Is this usage incorrect?
    I am very surprised by the definitions given here (BrE) and I wonder about the etymology. In AmE, this word is used rarely, but when it is used it is used as the past tense/past participle of bespeak, with a meaning of indicate/signal or foretell/portend. How convoluted English has become.

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    Re: My engagement invites are bespoke

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
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    but only through my unparalleled erudition.
    A virtue just rivaled by your, ahem... modesty?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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