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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Being Laconic

In writing principle, brevity and coherence are essentially significant. Brief but concise article always takes the insight. In other word, if we can narrow down our multi-paragraph article into a single paragraph, our masterpiece would be as “perfect literature” as it could possibly be. If that one-paragraph expression of ideas can be shortened to a sentence, readers could easily seize the very essence and thought of the work.

What is left then in the article? A single sentence. But it speaks the totality of what you think. However, if we think a single word can precisely describe a sentence we write, then we should trim down the many-word sentence to a single word. Additionally, if you think that certain word can be effectively substituted by a single alphabetical letter, the language would be greatly regarded as “perfect rhetoric”.

Do you think you still need to impress your readers by having a single alphabetical letter to completely say your ideas? Not anymore? Then, don’t write at all. The logic is: don’t take anything, write an article or say a word if you think it would literally or verbally be unnecessary. It would only confuse the matter along the way. So, mute yourself off.

That’s all about the virtue of laconicity, a magical reality in the real sense. It is magical because it appraises huge value or importance for a solo but concise material. Laconic man, on the other hand, advocates a word but it says a thousand wisdoms. All kings are laconic, so are the heads of states. Their being laconic is implicitly contained in their summons, declarations, announcements and decrees. The judges and legislators are also laconic themselves. Court proceedings and trials are laconic in forms. But their resolutions and decisions are heavily long-winded and complex. That’s the baffling, grim reality.

Today, laconicity virtually applies to modern–day writing. Media or writing people must adhere to the Spartan concept of laconic. However, there are some newspapermen who still don’t observe the common rules of brevity, coherence and concision. There are some lengthy write-ups from so-called “writers” that fall prey to the basic norms. The real danger is the plain fact that these are being read by people who beyond doubt anticipate instant learning from the articles. But if we take an honest, closer look at them, their writings carry an alarming mistake. “Their stuffs can in fact be shortened or some sentences or paragraphs can be potentially omitted”.

This Spartanic approach, of course, is relatively vital. What we persuade here is the application of the principles of laconicity into writing, or even speaking. Laconicity does not in any way eliminate substance of the article. Instead, it gives a nearly perfect definition of rhetoric. Being laconic in writing is something what the people need today. In the midst of advance technology and complicated digital world, people are becoming busy who have a particular inclination to skip wordy and knotty genres, mostly relying on the convenience of the virtual reality which is comparatively synonymous to laconicity. Why still write if the readers have a propensity to rebound your hard work?

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