How do you pronounce quark?

In general, when you want the pronounciation for a word, it’s a good thing to check with a dictionary.
“Merriam-Webster Online”:http://www.m-w.com/ is an excellent online dictionary, which also includes audio samples of words, and for the word “quark”:http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=quark, it says:
bq. Pronunciation: ‘kwork, ‘kw√§rk

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2 Comments

  1. Kwork, as any other pronunciation would be silly.

  2. Geir Thomas Nordskog

     /  2005-02-15

    The name quark was coined by Murray Gell-Man, from a line in James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake: “Three quarks for Muster Mark”. Although Joyce appears to have meant it to be pronounced as it is spelt, physicists (for reasons unknown) pronounce it to rhyme with fork.
    Ref: http://physics.about.com/cs/thestandardmodel/g/quark.htm