To be honest, I am not an expert on the television show Numb3rs. I am vaguely aware that it involves a math genius who solves crimes using math (I refuse to do any research to find out if I am right) and that one of the stars played Mr. Universe in Serenity (So if you were wondering if this was the Internet, there’s your obligatory Firefly/Serenity reference), but I am otherwise in the dark.
However, I feel I can say this with absolute conviction and authority: That’s a stupid title.
I mean, what does putting a 3 in the title really accomplish? Is that the thing that makes you go, “Oh, numbers must be important”? Does the title “Numbers” not sufficiently get that across? Was there some guy in a focus group who said, “Look, it’s good, but what you should do is change the title just enough to make it stupid”? Or did the marketing people decide that the only way to get people to pay attention to the damn show would be to slightly change its title?
So, as my tiny form of protest, whenever I refer to the show (which is admittedly rare), I take care to pronounce the title “Numb-three-ers.” Because that’s how it’s spelled, dammit. And I, for some reason, care.