'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight

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

$42.00

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!

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

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UncommonGoods'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight
 
4.6

(based on 59 reviews)

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    (40)

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    (15)

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    (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 (25)
  • Organization (14)
  • Office (8)
  • Living room (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (21), 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 (33), Business (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (56)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Coming back a second time to order this

Found this product in the catalog and almost flipped. My siblings and I grew up in the 60s being told "Remember the old family motto...". We never knew that it...Read complete review

Found this product in the catalog and almost flipped. My siblings and I grew up in the 60s being told "Remember the old family motto...". We never knew that it was anything but that. Love that it comes with an explanation about the origin of the quote, and love that it comes in not just the paperweight, but also a keychain and a necklace. I've bought for each of my siblings, and am now also purchasing for my nephews and mother. Unbelievably unique - and inspirational!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too small

I thought the product itself was great, I am going to give it as a gift to my brother who is in law school. But the paper weight is tiny, I guess I...Read complete review

I thought the product itself was great, I am going to give it as a gift to my brother who is in law school. But the paper weight is tiny, I guess I should have done some more investigation into it. I just assumed because of the price, that it was bigger.

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5.0

Encouraging words!

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from Lexington KY

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      Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

      Dad gave me this advice while I was working on my Ph.D., and I now pass them on to my son!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      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
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        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
           
          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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              Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

              It is a fun gift and was appreciated greatly

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
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              • Yes
               
              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!

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
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                  • Yes
                   
                  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
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                     
                    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
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes, Yes
                       
                      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
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes, Yes
                           
                          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

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