Days after Elon Musk & Grimes welcomed their little boy into the world, we're all still wondering how in the actual ~*eFf*~ we're supposed to pronounce his name, 'X Æ A-12.'
Well, maybe we're getting a little closer.
Starr Bowenbank [now that's a cool name] at Cosmpolitan writes:
According to Dictionary.com, Æ translates to “ash” but that the symbol is really pronounced like the A in “cat” or “bad.” (Grimes insists it’s pronounced as “ai” though.) The X in the name either gets its usual pronunciation OR translates to “variable,” the A-12 translates to “Archangel,” and the last name (hands down the most simple part) is Musk. So without further ado, here are all the possible pronunciations of X Æ A-12 Musk’s name:
“Ecks Ash Archangel Musk”
“Ecks Ai Archangel Musk”
“Variable Ash Archangel Musk”
“Variable Ai Archangel Musk”
Now, California state law states that you can only use the 26 letters of the English alphabet in your child's name -- you can't have numbers, roman numerals, accents umlauts or other symbols. So clearly, 'X Æ A-12' is probably not exactly what's gonna end up on his birth certificate. They'll have to spell it out with letters, like the suggestions you saw above. I, personally, kind of like Ecks Ash Archangel Musk.
But who knows, maybe we're all being Punk'd and this has been a joke the entire time.