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Illegitimi Non Carborundum??

What the heck does “Illegitimi Non Carborundum” mean? This is “a pseudo-Latin phrase meaning ‘don’t let the bastards grind you down’. Small signs and plaques carrying this message have appeared in U.S. business offices and army posts for at least a generation, since General “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell used it as his motto in World War II. Carborundum is a trademark for silicon carbide, a leading commercial grinding substance…In politics, the motto was popularized by 1964 Republican nominee Senator Barry Goldwater, who hung the sign in his office.” (–from Safire’s New Political Dictionary, p. 353)




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