Scottow – Scottow Cemetery (Illegitimi non Carborundum)

This ‘Latin’ phrase was on a relatively recent grave in Scottow Cemetery, and I’ve never heard of it, but it’s apparently in relatively frequent usage. It’s not an actual Latin phrase, just a deliberately badly corrupted version of it, and it effectively means ‘don’t let the bastards grind you down’. The phrase was first during the Second World War and I’m not sure how I haven’t heard of it before…..