Being Laconic Is Harder than You Think

One time, the publisher of Mark Twain told him through telegram to write a short story:

NEED 2-PAGE SHORT STORY TWO DAYS

Twain wired back with this:

NO CAN DO 2 PAGES TWO DAYS. CAN DO 30 PAGES 2 DAYS. NEED 30 DAYS TO DO 2 PAGES.

“I… never could make a good impromptu speech,” Twain once said, “without several hours to prepare it.”

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