There’s a new show starting Friday, 14 August, at 21:00 on M-Net Edge, entitled Happyish. Yes, you read right: that is not a spelling mistake.
Happyish follows the story of 40-something Thom Payne who finds he has a new boss…who’s about 20 years younger than him! Encountering the digital revolution in the office space makes Thom rethink his own goals and ideals, making him hope he'll find ways to feel more than just kind of happy or...happyish.
This is not the first time a title has been misspelt – although in the case of Happyish, it’s not so much a misspelling as it is an old word with a new spin. But just as Thom wrestles with bracing the digital revolution, so we grapple with the way language is morphing and changing – ironically, due to the digital onslaught.
To embrace the changing lexicon we face today, we decided to take a look at a few deliberately misspelt titles before tuning into M-Net Edge at 21:00 for the Season 1 premiere of Happyish.
Correct spelling: Terminator Genesis
The word genesis refers to “beginning”, and as the fifth instalment of the Terminator franchise travels back to 1984 where the first movie began the title is most apt. The title was rebranded using “sys” as a means of referencing Skynet: the AI system set on annihilating humanity.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Correct Spelling: The Pursuit of Happiness
Happyness was used as a reference to graffiti seen in the movie. It also references an anti-slavery essay written by Lemuel Haynes. He believed that the phrase in the American Declaration of Independence “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” had been misspelt as "happyness" and thus used the incorrect spelling accordingly.
Correct Spelling: Inglorious Bastards
When asked to explain the title, director Quentin Tarantino said that bastards sounds like it should have an “e” in it. However, he generally doesn’t like giving a reason, saying the title is “an artistic flourish…and to explain it…would just invalidate the whole stroke.”
Correct spelling: Ants
The main character in this animated bug flick is called Z, hence the change from “s” to “z”.
Correct Spelling: Pet Cemetery
The incorrect spelling is derived from the novel by Stephen King in which a group of children start a pet cemetery and make a sign that is incorrectly spelt.