The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. -Horace Walpole
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Another historical moment brought to you by the letters S and B.
Nota bene is a Latin phrase meaning "note well," coming from notāre—to note. It is in the singular imperative mood, instructing one individual to note well the matter at hand. (The pluralis form is notate bene.) In present-day English, it is used to draw the attention of the reader to a certain (side) aspect or detail of the subject on hand, translating it as "pay attention" or "take notice". It is often written in the abbreviated form: N.B.