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What is the preferred way to write:

n.b. Thing.
n.b. Related thing #2.

Can you use an approach similar to P.S.?:

p.s (post-scriptum)
p.p.s (postquam-post-scriptum)

Or, should it be something like:

n.b. Thing.

related thing #2

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  • If clarity is what you're aiming for, try a format like: NB (1):, NB (2):, NB (3): etc.
    – Erik Kowal
    Jan 27, 2015 at 23:37
  • N.B.B. is right out, nota bene bene sounds... Italian, but not Latin or English.
    – oerkelens
    Jan 27, 2015 at 23:42
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    Nota bene simply means "note well". It's an imperative and there are no nouns or pronouns. Hence there is no plural for anything that is to be noted. N.B: with a numbered list following will do. Jan 27, 2015 at 23:42
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    My understanding was that "N.B." meant "note well", meaning "this is important!" and drawing particular attention to what would otherwise be a unobtrusive footnote. If you have a bunch of these they stop being so special and just become ordinary footnotes.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 28, 2015 at 1:23
  • Yeah, nice answer. I guess it's like someone who uses ASAP in every email which reduces the importance of the first. Jan 28, 2015 at 17:49

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The best way to write “nota bene” is Please Note:.

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  • And for the second thing that needs to be noted, Please Note As Well:?
    – oerkelens
    Jan 27, 2015 at 23:40
  • @oerk Just use whatever makes sense. No reason to use Latin here, no matter who you stack it.
    – tchrist
    Jan 27, 2015 at 23:42
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    Ah, but quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur!
    – oerkelens
    Jan 27, 2015 at 23:43
  • @oerkelens Sed linguae mortuorum nihil dicunt.
    – tchrist
    Jan 27, 2015 at 23:59
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    Nota Bene sounds more authoritative, like a warning: Ignore at your own peril. It's no worse than using status quo, sine qua non, foie gras or folie à deux . Jan 27, 2015 at 23:59

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