Q: Spelling out Mission: Impossible‘s famous theme music has reduced more than one critic to Beavis and Butt-head-worthy phonetics. It has appeared as ”Dum-dum dum-dum, dum-dum dum-dum” (London Times), ”Duh, DUH, duh-duh, duh, DUH” (New Jersey’s The Record), and ”DAH-di-dooooo — Dah-di-dooooo” (New York magazine). Just how do you spell it?
A: Lalo Schifrin, who composed the instrumental for the original ’60s TV show, gives the definitive spelling as ”Tooomm! Toom toom toom/Tooomm! Toom toom toom.”