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Etymology-wise, what word perfectly describes a terse Spartan soldier?




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Answer: laconic

The word laconic means "verbally concise." It derives from the Greek Lakon, person from Lakonia, the district around Sparta in southern Greece. The Spartans were famously terse speakers.

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