Cool Gift of the Day
Monday, February 20, 2006
What it is:
An elegant and reserved silk tie that conceals a pithy bit of Latin wordplay.
Why we love it:
In the great corporate rat race, it is occasionally challenging to remember that not everything should be taken seriously. It's vital to keep your sense of humor in any situation, but in the workplace that counts double. Of course, not all jobs encourage a sense of fun, and even the most laidback environments want a bit of decorum displayed. That's why we're particularly fond of this tie, which seems dignified enough with its lion's rampant and Latin motto printed across it, but what your recipient will know (and probably want to keep to themselves) is that "Non Illegitimi Carborundum", the Latin phrase that looks so elegant on this pure silk tie, means "Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down". It's a subtle bit of insubordination, for an Indian with too many chiefs or an overworked and underpaid cog in the machine. Everybody needs a way to rebel, and rebellion in Latin just seems so... classy.