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Elon Musk and Grimes name son X Æ A-12, Twitter can’t stop guessing what it means

X Æ A-12 is likely pronounced Sasha Archangel, and the couple will have to provide an English spelling of the name to register the birth.

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Bengaluru: Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and Canadian musician Grimes welcomed a baby boy Tuesday and announced on Twitter that they’re naming their newborn son X Æ A-12. Musk has pranked people on Twitter before, so for a while, it was unclear whether the name was a joke.

However, Grimes eventually tweeted an explanation for the name. According to her, the X stands for the unknown variable, Æ (called ‘ash’) is Elven for love and also doubles as artificial intelligence, while A-12 is the parent to the couple’s favourite aircraft belonging to the US airforce. The spacecraft is called Archangel-12, and Grimes explained it’s also the name of her favourite song.

Grimes is also called ‘c’, the symbol for speed of light. She released an album in 2015 called Art Angels.

The couple met on Twitter when they made the same pun relating to a thought experiment, and Musk reached out to her after he discovered she had tweeted it three years before him.

Members of the public continue to be perplexed about how to pronounce the new baby’s name and guesses abound. However, most users seemed to have settled on an interpretation of X-ash-A-Archangel as Sasha Archangel. The couple has not confirmed how the name is to be pronounced or spelled in English.

California, where they live, mandates that a child’s name can only contain the 26 letters of the English alphabet.

Meanwhile, Twitter exploded with funny reactions to the name and its pronunciation.

Also read: Elon Musk’s top concern now is SpaceX getting to Mars before he dies


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