Details that run counter to these simple narratives are often ignored.
Mercury on a lark in your opposite sign calls for expressions that run counter to the woulda-shoulda-coulda loop in your mind.
But trends can run counter to your principles, putting you at odds with the zeitgeist.
mid-14c., "table where a money lender does business," from Old French contouer, comptoir (14c.) "counting room, table of a bank," from Medieval Latin computatorium "place of accounts," from Latin computatus, past participle of computare (see compute). Generalized 19c. from banks to shops, then extended to display cases for goods. Phrase under the counter is from 1926.
"go against," late 14c., from Old French countre "facing opposite" (see counter-). Related: Countered; countering. As an adverb, from mid-15c.; as an adjective, from 1590s.
counter count·er (koun'tər)
One that counts, especially an electronic or mechanical device that automatically counts occurrences or repetitions of phenomena or events.