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The Cure For Road Rage

When times get tough...don't let the bastards grind you down! An extremely appropriate reminder for when you are driving, this humorous and uplifting keychain is made in Rhode Island of lead-free pewter. Includes 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 paperweight!

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

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Item ID
18017
Made from
pewter
Measurements
3" L, Pendant: 1.375" dia.; weight: 1 oz.

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"ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN
 
4.5

(based on 90 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (61)
  • Unique (25)
  • Attractive (22)
  • Stylish (21)
  • Easy to use (14)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Poorly made (3)

Best Uses

  • Anytime (17)
  • Casual wear (5)
  • Cycling (3)
  • Day trip (3)
  • Everyday (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (18), Casual dresser (15), Practical (15), Budget shopper (13), Classic dresser (9)
    • Comfort vs Style:
    • Comfort driven (23), Style driven (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (42), No (12)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)

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4.0

Great gift for myself and a friend!

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from NY, NY

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Durable
  • Interesting
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anytime
    • Christmas
    • Parties

    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

    I bought one for myself as a reminder to stay strong during stressful draining work days. I bought a second one for a friend who was going through a rough patch. The boxes they came in were slightly torn on the outside. The keychains are well made. Very unique and encouraging!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other

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    5.0

    Unique and thoughtful gift

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    from Gulf Coast, MS

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Durable
    • Fun To Use
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anytime

      Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

      We gave this to our son on his 16th birthday with keys to his car. He is a WWII history buff and loves Latin so this was a perfect gift. I also love the "road rage" reminder.

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

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      5.0

      Vent with class

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      from Lincoln,ne

      About Me Midrange Shopper

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Anytime

        Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

        Is unique and humorous

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

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        5.0

        Keep it light when driving!

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        from Cheyenne, WY

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Durable
        • Tough And Strong
        • Unique
        • Well-made

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anytime
          • A Rush Hour Chill Pill

          Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

          Just a little reminder everyday not to let things or people get you down! Unique, very well-made and a real conversation starter

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Self
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Smart witty!

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          from Michigan

          About Me High-end Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

              This really helped a friend get through a rough spot!

              • 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

              The Keychain for Everyone, Anytime!

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              from Bronx, NY

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              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Durable
              • Fun To Use
              • Great History Useful
              • Unique

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Anytime
              • Good Size Fits Hand Well

              Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

              Holds all my keys and some other items easily. Really liked the screw part. Loosen, on goes everything in order you want. Easy to find in my bag, love weight of grind element, love reading it.
              A winner!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Self
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Birthday

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              4.0

              Neat idea

              By 

              from Bristow, VA

              About Me Budget Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Unique

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

                I got this for my guy to use for his work keychain, but I'm saving if for Christmas to give it to him. It is thicker and heavier than I was expecting it to be, which might make it prohibitive to carrying it in a pocket. I was a little concerned about the screw-type clasp coming undone, but this one seems tighter than most.

                Even if he is unable to use it as a keychain, he can remove the gear and keep it on his desk. I'm sure he'll appreciate the sentiment!

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

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                5.0

                Quality Product

                By 

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Durable
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

                    Excellent product and fast shipping.

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                    4.0

                    Quirky and Unique

                    By 

                    from charleston SC

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Quirky
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                    • Key ring is much smaller

                    Best Uses

                    • Anytime
                    • Great gift

                    Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

                    I bought this for my husband (who is extremely hard to buy for) and he loves it! He's never seen anything like it and it's funny.

                    The only problem with it is that the gear is so much larger than the key ring! But it works!!

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                    5.0

                    Great gift

                    By 

                    from Lansing, MI

                    About Me Budget Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about "ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM" KEYCHAIN:

                        I bought this for a friend going through a rough time, and who also happens to love military history. He absolutely loved getting such a thoughtful gift and now uses it as a daily reminder to keep his head held high.

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