Earlier this week, Elon Musk announced that his partner Grimes had given birth to their child and revealed that they named their son X Æ A-12 Musk, a name which confused everyone but the state of California, who doesn’t allow names with numbers. When it comes to Elon and Grimes, it seems like the only thing they can agree on is how little X’s name should be spelled. The geniuses who thought up this name can’t even help us out with the correct pronunciation, because they both have a different way of saying it.
I have to wonder if the intercom from Grime’s sustenance pod to Elon’s evil underground lair is broken because this is the second time Elon and Grimes have failed to be on the same page regarding that poor kid’s name. The first happened when Grimes tried to explain what the name X Æ A-12 means, and Elon jumped in to correct her. Now we’re hearing them explain the pronunciation of X’s name differently.
According to BuzzFeed, someone on Instagram asked Grimes how to pronounce her baby’s name and she wrote:
“It’s just X, like the letter X. Then A.I. Like how you said the letter A then I.”
Got it! Grimes didn’t talk about A-12, but she has previously explained it’s a reference to her and Elon’s favorite aircraft, the SR-71, nicknamed Archangel. But she also explained it as being simply A for A, and 12 as a reference to the year of the metal rat in the Chinese zodiac. Thankfully Elon was able to find some time in his busy schedule to visit his good friend Joe Rogan and talk about the name in person. Remember what you just learned from Grimes above? Forget all of it.
Despite the fact that, according to Elon, Grimes is responsible for 2/3 of the name, here’s how he believes it should be pronounced (it happens about 30 seconds into the interview below):
“First of all, my partner is actually the one that mostly came up with the name. She’s great at names. It’s just X, the letter X. And then the Æ is pronounced Ash. Yeah, and then A-12 is my contribution. Archangel 12, the precursor to the SR-71, the coolest plane ever.”
Legend has it that Grimes (born Claire Boucher) came up with her stage name while filling out her MySpace page and selecting which genres she’d classify her music as from a drop-down menu. And she picked “grime” three times, not knowing what it was. I’m not saying she chose baby X Æ’s as randomly as she chose her own, but it does sound like there wasn’t much of a conversation about it. Because she thinks it’s pronounced X-A-I, and he thinks it’s X-Ash. Never mind the whole middle name tomato-tomahto situation between Archangel and A-12 Metal Rat. This is going to be so confusing for them when they call X Æ A-12 for dinner. One person is yelling for Ash, another is yelling for Aye-ai, and he’s not responding to either. Not because he’s confused, but as an act of protest against his parents for cursing him with such a dumb name.