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Jun 7, 2019 07:20






Hey, everyone!

In America, in order to continue onto graduate school after graduating college, you must take an entrance exam called the GRE. The GRE consists of 3 parts: reading, writing, and mathematics. I'm the worst at reading. You see, the reading section tests your vocabulary, and some of the words that have shown up on the practice test are outrageously strange and difficult. For example, words like "ersatz," "iconoclast," and "querulous," have appeared on the test, and they're words that people rarely use.

Among them, I learned the word "laconic, which refers to a brief speaking style or a person who doesn't talk with many words. The way I memorized that word is a bit strange, but this is how I did it... Laconic sounds like "Lakonia," which is a region in Greece where Sparta is located. When I imagine a Spartan soldier, a strong, silent person comes to mind. Spartan soldiers are laconic Lakonians!

Anyway, I looked up the etymology of laconic. It turns out that the word does come from Sparta and Lakonia. I was really surprised. Apparently, Spartans were famous for saying big things with few words.

Long ago, Philip II of Macedon had conquered all of Greece except for Sparta, and he threatened the Spartans, saying, "If I invade Lakonia, I will raze Sparta to the ground."

Their response?