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I have received letters for years, and some of the most common things in letters are post-scripts, however, there are also these funny little "N.B." which obviously do not stand for Post Script. What are these letters and how are they used?

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By the way: Post Script is not the right explanation of "P.S.", but is actually Post Scriptum. It's Latin, not English. –  Alenanno May 10 '11 at 9:52
    
@Alenanno, Post Script is accepted in English. However, Nota Bene has no translated equivalent using the same abbreviation. –  Derk-Jan Karrenbeld May 10 '11 at 11:13
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@Derk-Jan Karrenbeld: Yeah, but I don't like it lol –  Alenanno May 10 '11 at 11:51
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Derived from the Latin (and italian) nota bene, meaning note well (take notice).
It is used to draw the attention to a certain aspect.

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Here's a few more too: "e.g.":exempli gratia: for the sake of example, "i.e.": id est: it/that is, "a.d.":anno domini: in the year of our lord, "a.m./p.m.":ante/post meridiem: before/after midday, "Q.E.D.":quod erat demonstrandum: that which was to be demonstrated, "B.I.D.":bis in die: twice a day, "etc.":et cetera:and the rest,"et al.":et alii(pronounced "al ee ee"):and others. et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. –  Phoenix May 10 '11 at 12:05
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Nota Bene = note well in latin, basicially just "note"

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Thank you very much –  Thursagen May 10 '11 at 4:31
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It's nota or notate bene, not note bene. –  UpTheCreek May 10 '11 at 8:26
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@UpTheCreek, notate bene being the plural. –  Derk-Jan Karrenbeld May 10 '11 at 11:11
    
@Derk - indeed. –  UpTheCreek May 10 '11 at 11:56
    
@UpTheCreek - thanks, edited –  mgb May 10 '11 at 12:37
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