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  1. Illegitimi non carborundum

    Illegitimi non carborundum is a mock-Latin aphorism, often translated as 'Don't let the bastards grind you down'. The phrase itself has no meaning in Latin and can only be mock-translated as a Latin–English pun. The phrase originated during World War II. Lexicographer Eric Partridge attributes it to British army intelligence very early in the war (using the ablative plural illegitimis). The phrase is also used as the first line of one of the extra cod Latin verses added in 1953 to an unofficial school song at Harvard University, "Ten Thousand Men of Harvard". It was later adopted by a number of politicians and figures in potentially stressful positions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illegitimi non carborundum in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illegitimi non carborundum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  • illegitimi non carborundumDanish
  • illegitimi nicht carborundumGerman
  • Ilegitimi non carborundumSpanish
  • illegitimi non carborundumFinnish
  • illegitimi non carborundumFrench
  • गैर-कानूनी गैर-कारबोरंडमHindi
  • ilegalgitimi non carborundumIndonesian
  • illegittimi non carborundumItalian
  • ಕಾನೂನುಬಾಹಿರವಲ್ಲದ ಕಾರ್ಬೊರಂಡಮ್Kannada
  • చట్టవిరుద్ధం కాని కార్బోరండమ్Telugu
  • غیر قانونی غیر کاربونڈمUrdu
  • illegitim non carborundumYiddish

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