|Start Weight:||(07 Feb 12) 355.0 lb|
|Current Weight:||(02 May 10) 365.0 lb|
|Goal Weight:||200.0 lb|
A "laconic phrase" is a very concise or terse statement, named after Laconia, a polis of ancient Greece surrounding the city of Sparta proper. In common usage, Sparta referred both to Lacedaemon and Sparta. Similarly, a laconism is a figure of speech in which someone uses very few words to express an idea, keeping with the Spartan reputation for austerity.
One famous example comes from the time of the invasion of Philip II of Macedon. With key Greek city-states in submission, he turned his attention to Sparta and sent a message: "If I win this war, you will be slaves forever." In another version, Philip proclaims: "You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city." The Spartan ephors sent back a one word reply: "If."
Subsequently, both Philip and Alexander would avoid Sparta entirely.