Common mistake counsel (consul) general

Common Mistake: counsel (consul) general

One common mistake that people often make is confusing the words "counsel" and "consul," particularly when referring to the title "counsel general."

Let's clarify the correct usage of these words:


  • Noun: Counsel refers to legal advice or guidance provided by a lawyer or attorney.
  • Example: I sought counsel from my attorney before signing the contract.
  • Verb: Counsel can also be used as a verb, meaning to give advice or guidance.
  • Example: The lawyer counseled her client on the best course of action.


  • Noun: Consul refers to a government official who is appointed to aid and protect the interests of their country's citizens in a foreign city or region.
  • Example: The consul provided assistance to the stranded tourists.
  • Consul General: Consul general is a more specific title given to the consul who is in charge of a particular consulate or embassy.
  • Example: The Consul General welcomed the foreign delegates at the reception.

So, when referring to the head of a consular office, it is correct to say "consul general," not "counsel general."

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counsel (consul) general mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    Archer Blood, the counsel general in Dacca.

    Archer Blood, the consul general in Dacca.

  • Correct:
    The Counsel General for Wales is the Welsh Government’s Law Officer.
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