Smart Cookie #3

Articulating design if English is not your native language.

Verb “to omit”

The verb to omit /ə(ʊ)ˈmɪt/ — leave out or exclude (someone or something), either intentionally or forgetfully.

Recently I’ve noticed this word popping out in a lot of places. When I’m proofreading my articles in They are using “omit” instead of “remove”, “leave out”.

Alistapart is using it in their Writer’s Style Guide. They are using “omit” instead of “avoid”, “exclude”, “drop”, “delete”.

You can see a slight jump in use of this word via Google Trends,exclude

Examples of use:

  • They omitted his name from the list.
  • Omit low contrast colors when designing for elderly.
  • Should we omit huge amount of copy in our email campaign and focus on simple & catchy phrases with images?


The verb “to omit” is a great addition to your vocal toolbox. It could be used instead of “avoid”, “leave out”, “drop”, “exclude”, “remove”, and “delete”.