my word for the day (if I can limit myself)


Read its etymology recently?  Originally it refered to people from Lakonia, an area around Sparta, whose inhabitants were famously terse.  Better than terse.

The story goes that when Philip of Macedon threatened them, “If I enter Lakonia, I will raze Sparta to the ground,” the Spartans retorted simply: “If.”

I need to work on my laconic delivery.  Excuse me while I go practice.


About sputnitsa

Born in the US, I grew up in Africa and the West Indies, and returned stateside in my teens. After a decade in international development, democracy work, and inclusivity training for domestic NGOs, I joined Peace Corps, and after a year, experienced my first Russian invasion. I followed that up by volunteering with refugees and youth, and after some vacation time climbing minarets and mountains, I returned to New York City, where today I work on social justice with college students, produce short films, and write.
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10 Responses to my word for the day (if I can limit myself)

  1. ralfast says:

    Spartan women were renown throughout Greece for their Laconic speech which showed their freedom of thought and the fierceness of their character.

  2. Beth says:

    Fantastic! Great word, too.

    I’ll have to practice as well. 🙂

  3. Well, our emails regarding Lost have certainly been laconic. (cough cough)

  4. There’s the Sput! I was wondering just how laconic you were planning to become.

    • sputnitsa says:

      Has been a mad whirl recently 🙂 Lots of writing and rewriting, lots of stamping about trying to get all my details working right, and you know, a bit of work thrown into the toss 🙂 How’s your writing been?

      Oh, laconic is not the best state! 🙂

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