Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Question of the Day: Why do people say phone numbers like actual numbers?

I've noticed people saying phone numbers like real numbers. For instance, instead of saying, “Sara’s number is 65748376” the person would go, “Sara’s number is six fifty-seven, four eighty-three, seventy-six.” It’s actually ironic since it’s something that over-complicates the whole “number giving” process while the initial intention is to simplify and quicken it! I cannot forget when I called an Egyptian assistant who gave me someone’s number, “Ninety-eight thousand and seven hundred and thirty seven…” I remember cutting him off because I could not follow anything he'd said. Plus he was talking really fast and that didn’t help me either. What’s with people? Why not say the number like it is?

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Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again

Ella Fitzgerald - Manhattan

Juan Garcia Esquivel - Mucha Muchacha

The McGuire Sisters - Bye, Bye Blackbird

Vic Damone - On the Street Where You Live

The Tornadoes - Telstar

at 8:30 AM


  1. Anonymous Anonymous posted at 11:54 AM  
    ninety aight souzand andi sevenn hundred andi serty sevenn


    okay,wording up 8 digits is a little bit extreme but i think there is actually a technique to improve number memorizing by grouping numbers or 'wording' them :>

    i cant trace any material on the net to support this but i remember reading something about how it is easier to remember odd amount of digits and that you can only group a maximum of 3 numbers for faster memorizing. i do this when spotting suspicious cars on the road (lol, dont ask). you usually have a small window of opportunity to read the plate let alone remember it later when if you were asked about it. so i read the plate breaking it 2 digits, 3 digits , 2 digits or something like that

    p.s. thanks for ever generous music share. i'll download and listen when i get the chance.

    p.s.s. do you still need a carpenter number? just got a number from a friend . highly recommendable
  2. Anonymous Anonymous posted at 11:55 AM  
    double post alert !

  3. Blogger Erzulie posted at 9:27 AM  
    q80thug: i get the number memory bit but clarity is key!
  4. Blogger Ex-clamation Mark posted at 5:00 PM  
    I don't know why they think it's easier for some reason? I get so confused, especially when they say it out in Arabic!!
  5. Blogger Erzulie posted at 9:36 AM  
    !: i KNOW! i can hardly keep up when they say it too fast :(

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