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Illegitimati non carborundum.
Don't let the bastards grind you down.

Offered as a proposed motto or as advice. It is made up of pseudo, or mock, Latin illegitimatus "bastard" and Carborundum (silicon carbide [Sic], an abrasive), the trade name of a brand of abrasives.

It is also said to be the motto of General Joseph Warren ("Vinegar Joe") Stilwell (1883-1946); commander of U.S. army ground forces under MacArthur (1945); commander of U.S. 10th army in the Pacific (1945-46).

This entry is located in the following units: Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group I (page 1) leg-, lex (page 2)