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  • It is no quirk that the avid reader of James Joyce and a qualified linguist, atomic physicist Murray Gell-Mann, chose quark over quork, based on the phrase "Three quarks for Muster Mark" in "Finnegan's Wake," because he had found there were three kinds of quarks in a proton and the word echoed the phrase "three quarts for Mister" elsewhere in the novel "Dairy Daring: Quark," Week in Words, Jan. 21.

    Quarks, Quorks, Joyce and a Wake

  • This comes from a German word meaning "curds" and is not related to the subatomic particle called a quark, a name coined by Murray Gell-Mann, who originally pronounced it as "quork."

    Week in Words

  • They were still trading chatter: rapid, burbling sounds punctuated by an occasional quork.

    Raven Speak

  • The sermons on a Sunday morning are actually fairly evangelical. quork

    The Episcopalians do something impressive - The Panda's Thumb

  • Some witnesses refused even to answer some of these questions. quork

    A Schoolteacher Speaks Out - The Panda's Thumb

  • From the back of the chair beside her, Neville bobbed his head, fluffed his feathers, and uttered a short "quork."

    The Wizard Of London

  • Something like a quork, and something like a caw, it made Puck glance at him and nod.

    The Wizard Of London

  • He could hear her laughter, and the raven's contemptuous and dismissive quork.

    The Wizard Of London

  • He was a duck merchant and had hundreds of ducks -- white ducks, black ducks, brown ducks, big ducks, little baby ducks, and middle-sized ducks -- ducks that said quack, drakes that said quork, and ducklings that said queek.

    Little Yellow Wang-lo

  • Well, I’m not exactly sure what more they compared to but I think they did, and not only chickens. quork

    Did T-Rex taste just like chicken? - The Panda's Thumb

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  • That's the difference--cow's milk is used to make quark cheese, but bird's milk is used to make quork chess.

    September 22, 2010

  • obviously a chess-playing bird

    September 22, 2010

  • found in the Coastal Northeastern North Carolina vernacular to mean a large bird, usually a Great Blue Heron, or a similar bird of the family Ardeidae, and based on the eerily prehistoric sound it makes upon being startled, "QUORK!"

    September 22, 2010

  • Oh, a queen can ork, yes, of course. A queen can ork at a king. Or a cow. If a cow strayed onto the field. You could probably set it up so that both queens are co-orkers.

    September 18, 2010

  • Would a queen, with her octo-directional threat, not be capable of horking, at the very least?

    I agree that to achieve a dork is not possible under current parameters.

    September 17, 2010

  • What's qroqqa know about quokkas?

    September 17, 2010

  • Of course not. A bilby is not a quokka.

    This word seems the logical progression of a series denoting how many pieces a chess piece is attacking at once: quork, trork, bork, mork, and the harmless nork. More boards and new rules are required to achieve the higher-dimensional possibilities: hork, sork, ork, eeyork, and dork.

    September 17, 2010

  • I was brought up not to quork unless quoken to.

    September 17, 2010

  • I take umbrage at the very question--thanks! Oh, and could you pass that butter knife?

    September 17, 2010

  • You can talk the talk, ruzuzuzuzuzu - but can you quork the quork?

    September 17, 2010

  • I like to spread quork chess on crackers--it's even smoother when you add umbrage.

    September 16, 2010

  • Are you kidding? Call yourself a chess player and you've never heard of a quork? Words fail me.

    September 16, 2010

  • This "word" has nothing to do with chess.

    September 16, 2010

  • A mythical chess position, where a knight is attacking 4 pieces at once.

    February 21, 2007