a short verse with a concentrated, memorably expressed meaning (like a Sanskrit subhashita)
One famous epigram runs, "Candy is dandy, /but liquor is quicker."
epi (on)#graphein (to write) (Greek)
telegram-->simple note. epigram--->witty note epig+ram-epig+ram-in the EPIC ramayan, RAM used to say WISE and WITTY things