|Yeah, thanks, ed. I was going to add that but you got to it before I did.
Originally posted by edchan at 2006-11-5 01:56 PM
usually we use overslept as an excuse, and 'sleep in' as intentional or a luxury.
to oversleep is unintentional; it uses over- in the sense of “over the limit,” “to excess,” “too much,” “too,” as in
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to sleep in is intentional. ("Sleeping in" on Sunday is a time-honored California tradition!)
to sleep late is just a description of sleeping past the usual time; the context may indicate whether it was intentional or unintentional:
I had nothing to do that day so I slept late.
I had a lot to do that day but unfortunately I slept late.