The Spartans of course were masters of the laconic – the area they lived in gave us the word. Wikipedia quotes this example of antique pithiness:
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 replied with a single word: ‘If’
Philip didn’t proceed with the invasion.
Haikus are laconic. This one – posted in the Quartz Daily briefing today – describing Trump’s tax plans appealed to me strongly:
For everyone. And a lot
For the very rich.
I thought it could just as easily form the strapline for the Tory party manifesto here in the UK.