I didn't intend to start a war on language in this thread, but since NB has been showing up in posts (and it was even used in an article on cprogramming.com) I became increasingly annoyed at myself for not knowing what it was. I hate acronyms -- because they are confusing for me. I guess other people are really good at picking up this stuff but I've had to look up everything from ie to eg to etc to sic at one point. Shorthand is impossible. So if there's abbreviations in English for borrowed phrases like that, it becomes too much for me.
Now I'm embarrassed but at least I'm not so ........ed off anymore.