"Illegitimi Non Carborundum" Paperweight

A reminder that when times get tough..."don't let the bastards grind you down!"

$42.00

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When times get tough...don't let the bastards grind you down! Made in Rhode Island of lead-free pewter, this humorous and uplifting paperweight is sure to make you smile. Comes in a presentation box with a card explaining the origin of the phrase (see below).

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.

Also available as a keychain!

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pewter
Measurements
3" dia.; weight: 8.25 oz.
Item ID
17923

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UncommonGoodsIllegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight
 
4.6

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (38)
  • Durable (37)
  • Sleek design (22)
  • Attractive (12)

Cons

  • Smaller than expected (4)
  • Smaller than I expected (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (24)
  • Organization (14)
  • Office (8)
  • Living room (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (20), Quality oriented (19), Budget shopper (12), High-end shopper (4)
    • I Am A:
    • Family older kids (4), Family young kids (4), Single female (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (32), Business (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (55)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (7), Husband (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other (8), Christmas or hanukkah (6)

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5.0

I would gift this item again

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from Dahlonega GA

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Pros

  • Sleek Design
  • Sturdy
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Conversation piece
    • Conversation starter
    • Desk decor
    • Emergency weapon
    • Inspirational
    • Reminder

    Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

    Son encountering difficulties on job. Gave paperweight for encouragement and to bolster confidence.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
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    • Yes
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    • Child
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    5.0

    Good product

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    from Denver

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    Pros

    • Sturdy
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Inspirational

      Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

      Inspirational

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
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      • Other

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      5.0

      Fun gift to give

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      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Pros

      • The Recipient Was Deligh
      • This Was A Gift And The

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        Best Uses

          Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

          It is a fun gift and was appreciated greatly

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          • Personal
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          • Yes
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          5.0

          Awesome gift for military folks

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          from Honolulu

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          Pros

          • Nice Craftsmanship
          • Quick Shipping
          • Sleek Design
          • Sturdy construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Office Environment

            Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

            co worker loved it!

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            • Business
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            • Yes
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            • Other
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            3.0

            Okay

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            from Michigan

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            Pros

            • Unique

            Cons

            • Smaller Than Expected

            Best Uses

              Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

              Small

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              • Personal
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              • Yes
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              • Other
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              • Other

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              5.0

              My Husband Loved it

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              from colorado springs, CO

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              Pros

              • Sleek Design
              • Sturdy
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Ironic Work Item
                • Organization

                Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

                They added origin saying card is what really made it the perfect fit.

                Service and delivery comments:

                It came right the first day of the window that was first suggested. No issues even with all the snow.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
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                • Yes, Yes
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                • Husband
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                • Valentine’s Day

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                5.0

                apropos gift

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                from springfield mo

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                Pros

                • Fun
                • Heavyweight
                • Work Safe

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bludgeon
                  • Paperweight

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

                  Fun, engaging and surprisingly heavy

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
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                  • Yes, Yes
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                  • Other
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                  5.0

                  paperweight

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                  from Port St Lucie, Fl

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                  Pros

                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

                      It is a paperweight and the recipient does not feel he can use it in a school environment

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Received promptly and in a gift box

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
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                      • Yes, Yes
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                      • Child
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                      5.0

                      Unique Product

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                      from Kihei, HI

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                      Pros

                      • Improves Organization
                      • Sleek Design
                      • Sturdy
                      • Unique

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday Use
                        • Organization

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

                        Sleek, practical product that is very motivational when one is stressed at work!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes, Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Husband
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Valentine’s Day

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                        4.0

                        Great gift for a friend in need

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                        from Portland, OR

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                        Comments about UncommonGoods Illegitimi Non Carborundum Paperweight:

                        I gave this to a friend going through a really difficult and stressful time at work. They say it puts a smile on their face every time they see it. That's what I was aiming for...

                        Service and delivery comments:

                        The first product never arrived..had to call customer service after several weeks, but they sent another and it arrived promptly. It would have been best if the original arrived in a timely manner, but the resolution was great. Thank you.

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