To pronounce the name, you say it "Accidents Grotesque". Which, given the plainness of the font, I find hysterical. It don't look accidental, and it's not grotesque...not in my opinion, anyway.
But I started wondering why they call it "Grotesk"...and all I could find (for now) is this (via Wikipedia):
Grotesque (generally with an upper-case G) is the style of the sans serif types of the 19th century. Capital-only faces of this style were available from 1816. The name "Grotesque" was coined by William Thorowgood, the first to produce a sans-serif type with lower case, in 1832.Well. That's cleared up then.
Tags: Akzidenz Grotesk, Grotesk, type design, sans serif, William Thorowgood