Used to express the hope that a reference to something undesirable should not foreshadow its arrival or occurrence.
- ‘And so - to Paris, to the old university of philosophy - absit omen!’
- ‘I note, by the way, that today is, in our terms, 9 / 11; absit omen.’
Latin, literally ‘may this (evil) omen be absent’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.