Word origin: LACONIC It's all Greek to me

The word laconic means concise or abrupt. It’s used to describe the manner or speech of someone who says a lot while using only a few words. It’s also often used to specify a sense of humour that’s particularly dry and understated.

The word has been around since the 1580s and originally referred literally to the region of Laconia and the people who lived there. Laconia is the area surrounding the ancient city of Sparta in Greece.

The folk from this area were famous for being able to say a lot, without using many words. This skill is epitomised by their infamous run-in with Philip of Macedon.

“If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta to the ground”, said Phil.

To which the Spartans replied, “If”.


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