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Jun 6, 2001
This week's theme
Words from the names of newspapers

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picayune
excelsior
laconic
sentinel
argus

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laconic

(luh-KON-ik) adjective

Sparing with words, concise, terse.

[From Latin Laconicus, from Greek Lakonikos, from Lakon, Laconian, a resident of Laconia, an ancient country in southern Greece (Capital: Sparta, which gave us spartan). From the reputation of the Laconians for terseness.]

"A studied cool prevails, the athletes communicating through laconic signals, minimalist gestures, and misdirected glances."
John Brant; Sights Set on Sydney; Runner's World; Sep 1, 1998.

Example: The Standard Laconic (Snow Hill, North Carolina).

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If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? -Alexander Solzhenitsyn, novelist, Nobel laureate (1918-2008)

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