“Illegitimi Non Carborundum”

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The mock-Latin aphorism, illegitimi non carborundum, means “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

It was first brought to my attention years ago by Stan Ershler, my District Sales Manager when I was a rookie pharmaceutical representative for the Upjohn Company.

Stan shared this pearl of wisdom one day following a very unpleasant interaction with an arrogant, condescending physician. This doctor saw himself as God’s gift to medicine and wanted to be sure I knew my place—which of course, was well beneath him.


Where and with whom in your personal or professional life would reciting this catchy phrase provide you a booster shot of dignity when the “bastards” try to grind you down?