Brevity is the soul of wit meaning

What does the saying 'Brevity is the soul of wit' mean?

Idiom: Brevity is the soul of wit


The best way to communicate intelligently is to be concise and not to use unnecessary words.

Country: International English | Subject Area: General | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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