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"illegitimi non carborundum" paperweight

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Keep On Keeping On

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!

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

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

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"ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" PAPERWEIGHT
 
4.6

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (36)
  • Durable (35)
  • Sleek design (21)
  • 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:
    • Quality oriented (19), Midrange shopper (18), Budget shopper (12), High-end shopper (4)
    • I Am A:
    • Family older kids (4), Family young kids (4), Single female (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (29), Business (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (53)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (6), Husband (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (6), Other (5)

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5.0

Awesome gift for military folks

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from Honolulu

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Office Environment

    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" PAPERWEIGHT:

    co worker loved it!

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

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    3.0

    Okay

    By 

    from Michigan

    About Me High-end Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Unique

    Cons

    • Smaller Than Expected

    Best Uses

      Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" PAPERWEIGHT:

      Small

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      My Husband Loved it

      By 

      from colorado springs, CO

      About Me Budget Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Sleek Design
      • Sturdy
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Ironic Work Item
        • Organization

        Comments about "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
        • 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

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        apropos gift

        By 

        from springfield mo

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Heavyweight
        • Work Safe

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bludgeon
          • Paperweight

          Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" PAPERWEIGHT:

          Fun, engaging and surprisingly heavy

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

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          5.0

          paperweight

          By 

          from Port St Lucie, Fl

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about "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
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Child
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

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              5.0

              Unique Product

              By 

              from Kihei, HI

              About Me Midrange Shopper

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              Pros

              • Improves Organization
              • Sleek Design
              • Sturdy
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Use
                • Organization

                Comments about "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

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                Great gift for a friend in need

                By 

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about "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.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Other
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Other

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                      5.0

                      Awesome gift!

                      By 

                      from Salt Lake City, UT

                      About Me High-end Shopper

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Improves Organization
                      • Sleek Design
                      • Sturdy
                      • Unique

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Organization

                        Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" PAPERWEIGHT:

                        I sent this as a gift to my little brother for Christmas. He loves unusual things and I figured this paperweight would be useful as well as a neat conversation piece for his office at home or at work.

                        He loves it! Uncommongoods.com has been added to my regular places to shop.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Other
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Christmas or Hanukkah

                        Comment on this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Great gift for lots of laughs!

                        By 

                        from North Carolina

                        About Me Budget Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Sleek Design
                        • Sturdy
                        • Unique

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday Use

                          Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" PAPERWEIGHT:

                          I order this product a little before Christmas and got it in a very timely manner!
                          This product was the thing for my husband!
                          Thanks so much it was great to give him something different than the same shirt, tie and socks he always gets!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Husband
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Christmas or Hanukkah

                          Comment on this review

                           
                          4.0

                          smaller than expected

                          By 

                          from nc

                          About Me Budget Shopper

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Sleek Design
                          • Sturdy
                          • Unique

                          Cons

                          • Smaller Than Expected

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday Use

                          Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" PAPERWEIGHT:

                          Nice quality. Smaller than i expected

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Father
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Christmas or Hanukkah

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