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"Quark" Pronunciation

Posted on 2006-11-03
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
How do you personally pronounce it?
(I've been disputing it with a friend for a while now.... lol)

1- Kwork
2- Kwark
3- Other (specify)

Question by:InteractiveMind
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Callandor earned 25 total points
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callrs earned 25 total points
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The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists both 1 & 2, with sound:
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thefreedictionary.com and myself also say (1)Kwork (rhymes with fork).

It's just that both my physics teacher and a friend say (2)Kwark (rhymes with ark).
..which really bothers me.

I'll leave this open a little longer to see if anyone disputes...

Thanks guys
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andyalder earned 25 total points
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In A Brief History of Time Hawkings says it should sound like with quart - kwork - but is normally pronounced like kwark, www.physics.metu.edu.tr/~fizikt/html/hawking/d.html - search for "muster mark"

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Hi InteractiveMind,

It seems like you can have it either way. Murray Gell-Mann, the physicist who coined the term had originally intended it to sound like it rhymed with fork, but hit a conundrum when he discovered shortly afterward that the word already existed and was used in Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce, so that it rhymed with mark.


I normally use the "rhymes with mark" version myself, but then I am English English, as opposed to Merkin English. ;)

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Geisrud earned 25 total points
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I think it's a dialect thing, and correct pronunciation could be either one.  As long as you both know what you're talking about...

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