Concept and Meaning of TerseTerse or laconian is an adjective that means who is originally from Laconia, a nation of ancient Greece. The most important city of the region, which is now a Greek peripheral unit, was Sparta.
There arises the notion of terse (from latin Laconĭcus), which is linked to something concise, brief or compendieux. Someone cryptic therefore tends to write or speak in this way.
It is said that the Spartan educators required that students speak little. Another anecdote suggests that when the besiegers of the region have sent a Messenger to warn the villagers that if ever they won the war, they would be slaves forever, the Commander of Laconia would have just replied: «if ever they win...» »
Since then, this term is associated with the "concise" expression which includes the right words. Brevity (the laconic quality) appears in various fields, either for philosophical questions (minimalism), or functional problems (such as the military).
Take the example of two football coaches whose teams are poised to confront in a match. Asked both what must be their respective teams to overcome the opponent. One of the coaches responding: "the key is to control the middle of the field to prevent the leaders of the game can move freely: If we get the ball in the area, there are options to attack with the side or throw the ball halfway. ' The other coach, laconic, replied simply: "To win, we must make at least a goal more than our opponent."