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The incremental process that we teach to our 3 year olds so that they know how to accurately articulate the number of desired cookies. Counting is sometimes used to achieve an election result, but more often is seen in the private sector as a mechanism of identifying the millionth product sold by a given manufacturer.
Ted: How did they figure out who bought the billionth McDonald's cheeseburger?

Ralph: They were counting.
by Kate Sjostrand February 14, 2008