One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Overcounting; an enumeration or estimate which is erroneously high.
with object To arrive at an erroneously high total when counting (something); to overestimate.
1920s. From overcount. Compare earlier overcounting<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Joshua Sylvester (d. 1618), poet and translator. From over- + count.
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