Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy. Remember when we talked about potential baby names the other time? WE DIDN'T EVEN COME CLOSE. It's almost like they want the kid to be cancelled. Birthed early this week, the Grimes x Elon Musk collab was christened 'X Æ A-12' and no, it's not enough a joke. The singer has taken to twitter to explain the name because that's really what we need, an explanation.
SR-71, but yes
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2020
Musk has also clarified how to pronounce his son's name on The Joe Rogan Experience—"X Ash A 12″. Rolls right off the tongue. Frankly disappointed it's not pronounce in its entirety as "X Ash Archangel Metal Rat". Or perhaps that would be the full name. Note the uh, pride in his elaboration.
— Lex Fridman (@lexfridman) May 7, 2020
Æ appears in Latin and is read as 'ash'. It is also a letter in Scandinavian languages, and Grimes fans would recognise it from her latest album 4ÆM. How that represents Artificial Intelligence is pushing it a little, but celebrities amirite? A combination of a jet, a song, and the Chinese Zodiac is probably not the worst thing to be named after.
IT'S STILL HOW I PRONOUNCE IT IN MY HEAD
Omg I figured out how to pronounce X Æ A-12 pic.twitter.com/ppfE0x8Nfh
— Ben Yahr (@benyahr) May 5, 2020
STILL BETTER THAN ASDFLKJ
This is how Elon Musk came up his son's name – "X Æ A-12" pic.twitter.com/BVV7R2AIyF
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) May 6, 2020
— Samer Chehade (@SamerChehade2) May 7, 2020
AT THE UNVEILING
— победитель (@vtwrx) May 6, 2020
H-RISEE AND SHIIIINE
Grimes: Son! It’s time to wake up
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/Dvo1nNLm4A
— Juan Delgado Jr (@Juan_Billion) May 6, 2020
Grimes: What’s that sound?
Elon Musk: It’s the baby. He’s crying
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/hyyD8vt4RT
— Non-Ideal Gas Crime (@artoffugacity) May 6, 2020
Elon: check the email I sent you
email security: are you a robot?
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/8RznFr0WZ2
— the finesse kid ?? (@ameentheking) May 6, 2020
IT NEEDED TO BE SAID
you realize this is a human child and not an EP right
— prosperity gospel fka bird world (@mascdonna) May 6, 2020
ALSO LIVING FOR THIS CONVERSATION
It's got more side character energy tbh pic.twitter.com/mlStFfZnzX
— Justin Whang ? (@JustinWhang) May 6, 2020
Still, state rules in California stipulate registered names cannot have diacritical marks, ideograms or pictographs and must consist of the 26 letters of the alphabet, so how this is going to work we'd just have to stay tuned. But kudos to the couple for living up the our expectations of weirdass baby names.