The Shortest Reply Ever Written

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Published on February 28, 2014

Author: RonaldDenholm

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The story behind laconic speech and writing has its roots in ancient Sparta.

The story behind the shortest reply ever written. Spartan speech has no dross, but being disciplined, removing all excess, it is tempered to complete efficiency. This ability for aphoristic speech and for quickness and the ability to turn out a neat phrase in repartee is the fruit of much silence. Plutarch: On Talkativeness In 337 BC, King Philip of Macedon wrote to the Spartans:

‘If I invade Laconia, I will throw you out.’ The Spartans replied ‘If.’

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