What does "laconic" mean?
Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Thu Aug 18 03:52:45 UTC 2005
> > Are you sure that laconic did not refer to the first-person
> > narrator of the text, rather than the actor who recorded the audiobook?
>Yes, it was very clear in context.
>I then followed up by asking the poster what she meant by
>_laconic_, and she replied, "Jester, interesting question. I
>guess I meant reserved, lacking in emotion, flat. The kind of
>manner I think of in association with laconic speech. Lacking
>in affect. Now I'm trying to think of a better word to sum
>that all up, but am blanking."
> > In any case, it isn't too surprising that well-educated
> > 20-somethings would think that "laconic" means "without expressed
> > emotion." After all, "laconic" derives from Greek lakonikos, referring
> > to Sparta, and the Spartans certainly have that reputation. Or perhaps
> > I'm giving the 20-somethings too much credit.
I agree ... much too much.
"Well-educated" should imply an acquaintance with the dictionary, for starters.
Even though I'm only 29 myself ... plus a few months.
-- Doug Wilson
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