I understand the uniqueness of naming a child, I really do. It’s a heavy burden because you are giving your child a name they’ll go by for the rest of their lives—if they so choose. Luckily for X Æ A-12, you can legally change your name. Pronounced … well … I’m really not sure, Elon Musk and Grimes took to the internet to share that they decided to name their child a series of letters and numbers as if this were a robot baby.
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(⚔️ metal rat)
— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
What’s great is that even the parents can’t seem to agree on the name.
SR-71, but yes
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2020
I am recovering from surgery and barely alive so may my typos b forgiven but, damnit. That was meant to be profound
— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
Personally, I love the fact that an X represents two swords, meaning metal rat, but that’s just me. Maybe I’ll name my future child Metal Rat. What I will say is that because of Elon Musk and Grimes naming their child made up words, it means that I can now name my kids things like NCC-1701 and be okay with that. (At least all Star Trek fans know what I’m talking about right off the bat! No awkward, “profound” explanatory tweets required!)
The thing is, they can do whatever they want. It’s their child. But this is … a lot of made up things thrown into one. Like, what if you saved some of this for your future children if you’re planning on having them? Or middle names? Maybe X (⚔️ metal rat) could have been a first name, and then the made-up “elven” spelling of A.I. could have been a middle name?
In the course of writing this, I have realized that this is the year of the rat, and the year’s element is metal, meaning that, essentially, the X in his name is basically just 2020, so his name is 2020 A.I. A-12, in my eyes. I truly feel for the teachers who are going to just call him “Elon Musk’s kid” when he goes to school. It’s okay though, because the name might not even be accepted by the state of California.
All this being said, Twitter has been having a field day with Musk and Grimes naming their son in code, and honestly, we can’t really blame them, can we? We’re all looking for something to lighten our days, and Musk and Grimes going way too hard in the Musk and Grimes direction is honestly what we needed.
X Æ A-12 is pronounced siobhan
— Lily Lester (@TheLilyLester) May 5, 2020
X Æ A-12: 01101001 00011001 01101101 00100000 01101000 01110101 01101110 01100111 01110010 01111001
his mom: wtf he say
elon musk: he hungry
— Corn (@sneeted) May 5, 2020
X Æ A-12: *steps in class*
teacher: and what’s your name sweatheart
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/FAeMZVqrVc
— o҉☄️ (@ilyas2xx) May 6, 2020
Grimes’ child: my name’s X Æ A-12
me: how do u pronounce that?
Grimes’ child: pic.twitter.com/cyPDDKh28V
— yung lean fan account (@groovytony__) May 5, 2020
“go to your room”
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/8BuGtVhqJ3
— loser ⋆ (@tristehomo) May 6, 2020
X Æ A-12: *Trips and scrapes his elbow*
Teacher: Are you okay? Do you need to go to see the nurse?
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/dUVqV5QUOb
— Gatebreaker (@GatebreakerYT) May 6, 2020
X Æ A-12 going to elon musk and grimes bedroom at 3 am to tell them he threw up pic.twitter.com/3pA1eE7fEe
— íi (@peixoxoxo) May 6, 2020
Sub: “How do I pronounce ur name?”
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/LrlfnUc3Hu
— Stephen A. Smith Burner (@SASBurnerAcct) May 6, 2020
* X Æ A-12 misbehaves *
Grimes: That’s enough for today, you’re gonna get punished
X Æ A-12: NO MOM PLEASE DONT SWITCH OFF THE WI-
*Grimes switches the wifi off*
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/XcmZUnETsO
— pooh (@honeycuplily) May 6, 2020
the only person that knows how to pronounce X Æ A-12 pic.twitter.com/4ibMT0ul1v
— ◟̽◞̽ (@ItsDavidMarx) May 7, 2020
Look, Elon Musk and Grimes have the right to name their kid whatever they want (I don’t think the state of California should refuse them that right), but I would like an honest answer on how to pronounce it because when Elon Musk talked with Joe Rogan all he did was explain the reasons and not … you know, how to SAY IT.
Even Elon Musk knows the explanation for X Æ A-12’s name is nonsense. pic.twitter.com/7m3Kdnc4vm
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 7, 2020
And Grimes has explained it, but … not entirely? Really happy for Grimes and Elon Musk and their new addition X Æ A-12 (pronounced Jerry).
(image: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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