In ancient Sparta, originally known Laconia, were long suffering, hard bitten, stoical, military minded, and noted for there economy of speech. Legend has it that when Philip of Macedonia was storming the gate of Sparta(or Laconia),he sent the message to the besieged king saying,’ If we capture your city we will burn it to the ground.' A one word answer came back:' If '.It was now probably Philip’s turn to be speechless, though history dose not record his reaction.
It is from the word Laconia that we derive the word "laconic"-pithy, concise, economical in the use of words almost to the point of curtness; precisely opposite of verbose.
-Norman Lewis