'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!

Only at UncommonGoods Made in the USA
Made from
pewter
Measurements
3" dia.; weight: 8.25 oz.
Ingredients
Item ID
17923

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This was well received!

5

This was a gift for someone.

Tampa

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Delighted my customer

5

It feels very solid

Boston, MA

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

3

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.

Boulder, CO

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HIgh Quality, unique gift

5

Beautifully made, great quality

Monument, CO

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

5

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

Bismarck ND

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Encouraging words!

5

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

Lexington KY

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I would gift this item again

5

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

Dahlonega GA

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Good product

5

Inspirational

Denver

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Fun gift to give

5

It is a fun gift and was appreciated greatly

Los Angeles, CA

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Awesome gift for military folks

5

co worker loved it!

Honolulu

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'Illegitimi Non Carborundum' Paperweight

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