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"illegitimi non carborundum" necklace

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Hard Times Weighing You Down?

When times get tough...don't let the bastards grind you down! Made in Rhode Island of lead-free pewter, this humorous and uplifting necklace is a tangible reminder that you can overcome anything that comes your way. Sterling silver chain made in India. Includes card explaining the origin of the phrase (see below). Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

Uncommon Knowledge: The phrase "Illegitimi non carborundum" may look like Latin, but it doesn't exactly translate to "Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down."

Carborundum is actually the name of an extremely hard mineral (silicon carbide) used for grinding. Illegitimi suggests illegitimate, but it really has no meaning in Latin.

The phrase originated during World War II and is attributed to British army intelligence. It was later adopted by US Army general "Vinegar" Joe Stillwell as his war-time motto.

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pewter, sterling silver chain
chain: 30" L; pendant: 1.375 dia.

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