Everyone knows what an alloy is: it's a metal made by melting two (or more) other metals together.
Unless of course you're talking about steel. That's a metal made by mixing carbon (very much not a metal) into molten iron. But you never hear about carbon alloys with any other metal, and that's kind of strange. If a few percentage points of carbon can turn iron into the miracle metal that is the foundation of the Industrial Age, just imagine what it could do to aluminum or titanium, for example. (Or even bronze, for that matter, which is superior to iron in many ways, from a materials science perspective.)
But you only ever hear about carbon alloying with iron to form steel. So what's so special about iron?