oversight

Swamp-landia

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NYC
Mandarin; Shanghainese
A line from Chapter 15 of Swamplandia! by Karen Russell,

I was proud of myself for feeling no surprise--I’d been instructed by the Chief to think of mercy as “the wind’s oversight” and miraculous survivals as “a lucky malfunction; a fluke in the weather system.”
What does "oversight" here mean?
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    WR dictionary oversight: 1 an unintentional failure to notice or do something.

    Like a tornado's failure to notice your home, which is why it's left standing. :)
     
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