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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."
Re: laconic [Re: wwh] #169911
09/10/07 09:14 AM 09/10/07 09:14 AM
Joined: Sep 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada Story Ward
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Am reading Paul Cartledge's The Spartans; I love the "if." Thanks for an early morning chuckle.
Re: laconic [Re: Story Ward] #169933
09/10/07 11:18 PM 09/10/07 11:18 PM
Joined: Aug 2002
British Columbia, Canada Zed
British Columbia, Canada
Welcome aboard, Story.
Re: laconic [Re: Zed] #169946
09/11/07 03:49 PM 09/11/07 03:49 PM
Joined: Mar 2000
lower upstate New York AnnaStrophic
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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