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    oversight (n)

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the word in bold in the following sentences?

    The parliamentary oversight function is one of the cornerstones of democracy.

    oversight = supervision

    It was through an oversight than you were not invited.

    oversight = inadvertence

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    Re: oversight (n)

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the word in bold in the following sentences?
    NOT A TEACHER

    What exactly to you want to know? About the second example: I think you hit the nail on the head. Here's how the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines "oversight":
    o‧ver‧sight / ˈəʊvəsaɪt $ ˈoʊvər- / noun [ uncountable and countable ]

    1 a mistake in which you forget something or do not notice something : I assure you that this was purely an oversight on my part.

    2 have oversight of something to be in charge of something : He has general oversight of all training courses.




    Definition 1 applies to "It was through an oversight than you were not invited.".

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    Re: oversight (n)

    Hi Chicken Sandwich,

    Thank you for your kind thought of me.

    Here are a few words in exclamation of my embarrassment.

    On the one hand oversight = blunder, carelessness, error, fault, lapse, mistake, neglect, omission, slip-up

    On the other hand oversight = administration, care, charge, control, custody, direction, guidance, handling, inspection, keeping, management, responsibility, supervision

    I am shocked at the mutually exclusive varieties of meaning above. Do you think here is really a presence of logical rules of language?

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    Re: oversight (n)

    You might find this interesting. It mentions oversight as well as other so-called "Janus word," which look in two directions at the same time. They are (or can be) their own antonyms.

    Seth Teller's Self-Antonym / Janus Word / Contronym Page
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: oversight (n)

    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your kindness.

    Thank you for the quoted site which is a total novelty for me. Really, it is very interesting and edifying reading for me.

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