Funny thing is that there are timers, alarms, AND reminders. All with different quirks.
* Timers: "Set timer for 10 minutes." Ignore the mute switch, but you can only have one at a time.
* Alarms: "Set alarm for 10 minutes." Ignore the mute switch, but don't get cleaned up automatically.
* Reminders: "Set a reminder for 10 minutes". Prompts for subject. Muted by mute switch. Require confirmation.
It's very odd from a naive perspective that the same basic commands works so differently due to slightly different wording.