second of all vs second :

second of all or second

“First of all” makes sense when you want to emphasize the primacy of the first item in a series, but it should not be followed by “second of all,” where the expression serves no such function. And “secondly” is an adverbial form that makes no sense at all in enumeration (neither does “firstly”). As you go through your list, say simply “second,” “third,” “fourth,” etc.

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  • n  1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  • n  an indefinitely short time
  • n  the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield
  • n  a particular point in time
  • n  following the first in an ordering or series
    he came in a close second
  • n  a 60th part of a minute of arc
    the treasure is 2 minutes and 45 seconds south of here
  • n  the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match
  • n  a speech seconding a motion
    do I hear a second?
  • n  the gear that has the second lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle
    he had to shift down into second to make the hill
  • n  merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
  • v  give support or one's approval to
    I'll second that motion
  • v  transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment
    The officer was seconded for duty overseas
  • s  coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude
  • a  a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first
    second flute
    the second violins
  • r  in the second place
    second, we must consider the economy
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