Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum Mug


Technically speaking, “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum”—a phrase found in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale and, more recently, its TV adaptation on Hulu—means nothing. It’s a made-up phrase in mock Latin—a schoolboy’s joke, as it’s explained in both the novel and the series. If it were a real phrase, it would roughly translate to “don’t let the bastards grind you down.” Outside the world of the book, the phrase has taken on a life of its own, as a sort of feminist rallying cry for women—and even within the book, it inspires Offred to fight back against the repressive powers that be.

The hand-lettered design is repeated on each side of the mug. 11 oz. ceramic mug, dishwasher and microwave safe.

Lettering by the incomparable Kathy Weller, from her Activism Collection. Professionally printed.

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