Student or Learner
I often use the term "last but not least", but I never new the real meaning of "... but not least" Could someone tell me?
You may be listing a number of points and you do not want them to be considered in any special order. So that those you are speaking to can give equal attention to the last point you say 'last, but not least, the........' Equally you could be mentioning a number of people who have all assisted you with a presentation, play, seminar, et al and you do not want to give less praise to the last person mentioned.
It is a way of maintaining equality.
The Longman Dictionary says:
last - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
<last but not least>
used when mentioning the last person or thing in a list, to emphasize that they are still important:
- Last but not least, let me introduce Jane, our new secretary.