The other day I checked some work for my colleague and. He said “Thanks for the oversight.
Oversight. It struck me as odd, so I looked it up in the dictionary. I love looking words up, even if they are words I think I know. The more clues about usage, history, etymology I can learn, the better.
Here is the definition given at dictionary.com:
1. an omission or error due to carelessness:
My bank statement is full of oversights.
2. unintentional failure to notice or consider; lack of proper attention:
Owing to my oversight, the letter was sent unsigned.
3. supervision; watchful care:
a person responsible for the oversight of the organization.
How rude that he could accuse me of lack of proper attention! We shared a laugh about that.
Oversight can mean a lack of proper attention, or watchful care. Literally opposite meanings. And as of 2013, literally literally means literally, except for when it means not literally:
1. In a literal manner or sense; exactly:
‘the driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the roundabout’
1.1 informal Used for emphasis while not being literally true:
‘I have received literally thousands of letters’
Words which mean their opposites are called contronyms (or contanyms, or auto-antonyms, or autantonyms, or antagonyms)? If you give up, check out these lists on Mental Floss and Daily Writing Tips: