slow down!

Why is it that the majority of people who leave a message in voicemail will speak in slow, measured tones right up to the point where they say their phone number? Following a usually-intelligible message, they put their tongue into overdrive and blurt out the seven to ten digits of their phone number so quickly that it blurs into a nonsensical monosyllable.

Why? This is usually the most important part of the message, and almost everyone does it. Usually after replaying their message 5-10 times I can narrow it down, but not always.

Infuriating it is. If you call me, and I don’t call back, this may be why (well, that or I don’t want to talk to you, which is just as possible).