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The very first entry for counter in COD10 is "1 ... has been a work surface at one time or another.

Thank you, doc. The reason I asked was that I'm currently reading "The Twelve Apostles" by Anthea Turner in which ... the writer seems quite sparse except that she lives in Hertfordshire. I had wondered if she were of Canadian origin.

But you don't give any context for the use of the word "counter" - the word is used in Britain with various meanings, some of which might be deemed domestic - we need some context in order to judge which meaning it might be.
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I know that the word "counter", when used domestically, is ... this term has become naturalised within the U.K. (specifically Hertfordshire)?

What kind of counter? All things counter, original, spare, strange? Counter clockwise? People who add? Surfaces for serving customers?

... small piece of plastic used for playing Ludo? ...
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Mm, yes. Range: Eastern US, southeastern Canada.
Did we ever come up with a name for mistakes like anachronisms but in geography?
But the real inconsistency is the word "honour" alongside normal (regular) US spellings such as "saber".

Yeah, should be "saeber."
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Thank you, doc. The reason I asked was that I'm ... Hertfordshire. I had wondered if she were of Canadian origin.

But you don't give any context for the use of the word "counter" - the word is used in Britain with various meanings, some of which might be deemed domestic - we need some context in order to judge which meaning it might be.

You think I'm expecting too much intelligence in the subscribers to these newsgroups?

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I've just finished a book wherein a Jewish wife has ... was silent save a whippoorwill who called out. /Whippoorwill, whippoorwill./"

Mm, yes. Range: Eastern US, southeastern Canada.

Common sort of error in historical films where English or Europeans (or even antipodeans (to us)) are seen farming or selling typically American produce.
Did we ever come up with a name for mistakes like anachronisms but in geography?

I don't know. I was wondering about it in the bath the other night.

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But you don't give any context for the use of ... context in order to judge which meaning it might be.

You think I'm expecting too much intelligence in the subscribers to these newsgroups?

No - just a bit of courtesy - a quote of the relevant passage in the book might be appropriate.
I can think of some surfaces in a house I would call a counter, but I don't know whether these surfaces are the same as the ones in your book.

In the translation newsgroups and mailing lists I participate in it is usual to give some context - I would expect the same courtesy here - I can't guess what exactly your author has in mind, I've never read any of her works.
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But you don't give any context for the use of ... context in order to judge which meaning it might be.

You think I'm expecting too much intelligence in the subscribers to these newsgroups?

I think you're overestimating your own communication skills.
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You think I'm expecting too much intelligence in the subscribers to these newsgroups?

I think you're overestimating your own communication skills.

Probably. I just assumed that the Pondian difference, along with the household implication, would make it fairly clear as to which meaning of "counter" was intended.

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You think I'm expecting too much intelligence in the subscribers to these newsgroups?

No - just a bit of courtesy - a quote of the relevant passage in the book might be appropriate.

"Sonia laid the pen down on the counter, where it gleamed smugly in the rain-darkened room. For a minute she stood looking at it. Then she filled the powder container and switched on the machine." Bottom of the antepenultimate page of cap. 5.
I can think of some surfaces in a house I would call a counter, but I don't know whether these surfaces are the same as the ones in your book.

And I would reserve the term for shops, etc.
In the translation newsgroups and mailing lists I participate in it is usual to give some context - I would expect the same courtesy here - I can't guess what exactly your author has in mind, I've never read any of her works.

I did say "when used domestically", i.e. pertaining to the house, as opposed to shop, etc., and the stated predominantly North American English term I would think made it quite reasonably clear what was intended.
However, I do apologise for confusing you.

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