Numbers are not just for counting!
The cardinal numbers (1, 2, 3, 4 and so on) are learnt fairly early on in life and, for the most part, seem to be used in a fairly mundane way by most people. There is nothing startling about such everyday items as "one man", "two dogs", "three cars", "four shops", "five trains", and so forth. This is what the cardinal numbers were originally meant for and this is, indeed, how most people use them.
Word Ways: Vol. 8
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol8/iss1/3