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#124836 - 03/08/04 04:45 PM laconic Joined: Jan 2001
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Date: Wed Jun 6 00:53:11 EDT 2001
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."
#169911 - 09/10/07 09:14 AM Re: laconic [Re: wwh] Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 1 Story Ward
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Am reading Paul Cartledge's The Spartans; I love the "if." Thanks for an early morning chuckle.
#169933 - 09/10/07 11:18 PM Re: laconic [Re: Story Ward] Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,154 Zed
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British Columbia, Canada
Welcome aboard, Story.
#169946 - 09/11/07 03:49 PM Re: laconic [Re: Zed] Joined: Mar 2000
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lower upstate New York
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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