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In typography, why does "counter" signify the area of a letter entirely or partially enclosed by a letter form or a symbol?

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  1. Etymonline's entries for the homonyms "counter" don't semantically appertain to its meaning in typography. How does "counter" in typography relate to the etymology of "counter"?

  2. Why did the typography industry choose "counter"?

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Martin Silvertant's answer to What is a counter in typography?

Counters are the negative spaces inside letter forms. In the images below you can see all counters in capital and lowercase letters with closed letter forms, with the counters in blue and green.


Closed counters are in medium blue, while open counters are in light blue.


Closed counters are in medium green, while open counters are in light green.


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Probably from the counterpunch in the metal type production. (2 comments)

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