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Laconic answer.

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Just now I read a story which called " Laconic answer". The origin of this word is very interesting. I would like to know if anyone knows what "laconic" and " laconic answer"mean. Write your opinions.

Aug 11, 2016 12:02 PM
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Thank you, RICHARD. I would like to write this story. This is a story which I read:

 Laconic answer

The Lacons lived in a part of Southern Greece called Laconia, and were known for the bravery and thesimplicity of their life. One of their rules was always to speak briefly, using no more words than were needed. This was carried so far that to this day, a very short answer is often called laconic. 

There was in Northern Greece a land called Macedonia,which was once ruled by a king named Philip. Philip wanted to become master of all Greece. He therefore collected a great army and conquered all Greece, untilonly Laconia remained unconquered. Then he sent a letter to the brave Lacons saying: "If I invade your country, I will destroy your great city."

In a few days ananswer came.

He found only one word written in it.

 That word was "If'.



August 11, 2016

The word laconic comes from Latin and Greek.

It was actually the name of a region in Greece (Lakonikos) many years ago where the inhabitants famously developed the skill of 'saying much in few words'.


The adjective laconic refers to a person's manner of speech and means: using few words, concise, abrupt, terse, and succinct.


Examples of laconic statements:


An army was invading Sparta (a city in Greece) and the leader said

"If I win this war, you will be slaves forever."

The Spartan’s sent back a single word in reply: “if”.

The 'if' reply is an excellent example of a laconic statement/reply.


The same leader sent a message to the Spartan king:

"Do you want my army to enter your land as a friend or a foe?"

The Spartan king sent a single-word reply:



Good topic Leyla...

August 11, 2016

Thank you, KARL FRANZ.

I really liked Lacons. They were so brave and honest. I was fond ot this story and decided to share with you:)

August 12, 2016

Nice story Leyla and your explanation/history about the word laconic is accurate and very educational.

Thanks for sharing the story with us.

August 11, 2016
Aussies: renowned for being laconic. ;)
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