Elon Musk Explained How to Pronounce X Æ A-12, the Name of His Baby With Grimes

After Elon Musk and Grimes announced their newborn's name, X Æ A-12, Musk explained how it should be pronounced on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

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Elon Musk appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast Thursday, as People reports, and explained how to pronounce the name of his newborn baby with Grimes, X Æ A-12 Musk

Musk said X is said "like the letter," while Æ is pronounced like "ash". Grimes "mostly came up with the name," he revealed, adding, "She's great at names."

The "A-12" component of the newborn's name, however, came from Musk, based on the CIA reconnaissance aircraft of the same name. "The Archangel-12, the precursor to the SR-71, the coolest plane ever," he said."

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