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Elon Musk Explains How To Pronounce X Æ A-12

Elon Musk Explains How To Pronounce X Æ A-12

Elon Musk has explained how to pronounce his new son's name, X Æ A-12.

Just a few days after his partner Grimes gave birth to their child, the Tesla boss appeared once again on The Joe Rogan Experience for a chat.

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And it didn't take long for Joe to get to the bizarre name and how people are supposed to say it.

Jumping straight to it, the presenter asked: "How do you say the name? Is it a placeholder?"

Musk replied: "First of all, my partner is the one who, mostly, actually came up with the name. I mean it's just X, the letter X. And then the Æ is, like, pronounced 'ash'... yeah... and then A-12 is my contribution."

The 48-year-old said the A-12 is the final plane in the Archangel series, a CIA operation that created a fleet of reconnaissance aircraft. The programme eventually created the SR-71, which Musk says is the coolest plane ever.

Musk has explained how to pronounce his son's name. Credit: Joe Rogan Experience
Musk has explained how to pronounce his son's name. Credit: Joe Rogan Experience
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Musk and Grimes welcomed X Æ A-12 into the world last week, sharing a strange photo on social media.

The Tech whizz had tweeted the news shortly after the birth, saying simply: "Mom & baby all good."

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But after numerous followers asked for a pic of his newborn, he eventually gave in, though not without adding a few, er, tattoos to the infant's face using a filter.

Elon Musk's son X Æ A-12. Credit: Twitter/Elon Musk
Elon Musk's son X Æ A-12. Credit: Twitter/Elon Musk

He also shared another, slightly more orthodox, photo, in which he holds his newborn son while clutching a facemask in the other hand.

Musk hit the headlines once again over the past few days after a Twitter outburst caused $13bn to be wiped off Tesla's value. Yikes.

On the podcast, Rogan also asked his guest about a huge claim he recently made on Twitter, in which he pledged to sell 'almost all physical possessions', including his houses - one of which used to belong to actor Gene Wilder.

Musk, 48, explained: "I'm slightly sad about it actually, but I think possessions kind of weigh you down. They're kind of an attack vector. People say 'Hey billionaire, you got all this stuff!' Now it's like, 'Well, now I don't have stuff. What are you gonna do?'"

Rogan asked if the entrepreneur was going to rent a place - prompting Musk to confirm he is - and if that meant getting rid of 'everything except clothes'.

"No I said like, almost everything," Musk said quickly, laughing along to Rogan's suggestion that he keeps a 'couple of Teslas'.

"Yeah, I kinda have to - test the product and stuff!" Musk said. "Yeah, things that have sentimental value, for sure I'm keeping those.

"What's the worst that could happen? It'll be fine."

Featured Image Credit: Elon Musk/Twitter

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]