Monthly Archives: June 2015

the power of one word.

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if-

THE SPARTANS ON CALLING AN ENEMY’S BLUFF: “IF.”

Philip II of Macedon was the father of Alexander the Great. His son would one day conquer the (known) world, but Philip got things started by conquering all the city-states of ancient Greece. Well, almost all. Sparta, on the southernmost tip of the land Philip sought to control, was a strict military culture known for its brutal martial prowess.

In 346 B.C, Philip sent a message to intimidate the Spartans. “You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army on your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people and raze your city.” The term “Laconic wit,” comes from the Spartan region Laconia.

The Spartans employed it to great effect with their one word response to Philip: “If.”

Philip never attempted to conquer Sparta.

tsundoku.

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tsundoku

the word dates back to the very beginning of modern japan,

the meiji era (1868-1912), and has its origins in a pun.

tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in japanese as 積ん読

tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく

around the turn of the century they swapped out the

oku (おく) for doku (読) – meaning to read.

because tsunde doku was hard to say,

the word was combined to form tsundoku.

this is the perfect word to describe certain places in my cottage

credits: dan colman, mental floss, reddit image