'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 Vermont 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.
Ingredients
Item ID
17923

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UncommonGoods'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight
 
4.6

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (42)
  • Durable (39)
  • Sleek design (23)
  • Attractive (12)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (28)
  • Organization (14)
  • Office (8)
  • Living room (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (25), 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 (35), Business (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (60)

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

Delighted my customer

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from Boston, MA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Humorous
  • Sturdy
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use

    Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

    It feels very solid

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    3.0

    Paperweight looks fine but ...............

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    from Boulder, CO

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    Pros

    • Unique

    Cons

    • Didn't receive promised card explaining story

    Best Uses

      Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

      Packaging says "packed by people earning a living wage". This is great but box was missing card explaining the story behind the saying on the gift.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      HIgh Quality, unique gift

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      from Monument, CO

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      Pros

      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use

        Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

        Beautifully made, great quality

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        This is the second one I've bought for a gift

        By 

        from Bismarck ND

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        Pros

        • Sleek Design
        • Sturdy
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use

          Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

          I bought this for my boyfriend who is going through some issues with his job. He loves it!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Encouraging words!

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          from Lexington KY

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            Cons

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              • Everyday Use

              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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              Verified Buyer

              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

                By 

                from Denver

                About Me Midrange Shopper

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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

                  By 

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about UncommonGoods 'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight:

                      It is a fun gift and was appreciated greatly

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome gift for military folks

                      By 

                      from Honolulu

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                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                        By 

                        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
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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