Lawyer vs. Attorney vs. Counselor: Is there a difference?

Early on in my career, I kept puzzling over why I was called a “lawyer,” but my bar license says “Attorney and Counselor at law.” It seemed puzzling to me and since I wasn’t busy enough with trying to run a law firm, I started doing some digging. Where did “lawyer” come from? What was the difference between “lawyer” and “attorney”? and why was I also a “counselor” at law? These seem like pretty basic questions, but they really mattered to me.

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