Posted By: wwh

laconic - 03/08/04 04:45 PM

Wordsmith likes this word so well it has been Today's Word
three times.
Date: Wed Jun 6 00:53:11 EDT 2001
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--laconic
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). From the
the reputation of the Laconians for terseness.]

The first Latin book I had told about a Persian envoy trying
to intimidate the Spartans by saying: "When our archers shoot their arrows, the sun will be blotted out."
The Spartan replied: "Good. We will fight in the shade."

On another occasion, the Persian envoy delivered a theat
about what would happen if Persia invaded Sparta.
The Spartan king replied: "If."

Posted By: Story Ward

Re: laconic - 09/10/07 09:14 AM

Am reading Paul Cartledge's The Spartans; I love the "if." Thanks for an early morning chuckle.
Posted By: Zed

Re: laconic - 09/10/07 11:18 PM

Welcome aboard, Story.
Posted By: AnnaStrophic

Re: laconic - 09/11/07 03:49 PM

Hi, Story and welcome

How on earth did you manage to find such an old post by our dear and sadly departed friend?
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