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Fascinating facts about James Joyce: He gave us the word ‘quark’. This word for a subatomic particle was taken from "Finnegans Wake", where three seabirds give the cheer to King Mark: ‘Three quarks for Muster Mark!’ Physicist Murray Gell-Mann liked the word, and so proposed it for the particle in the 1960s. One of the other suggestions, favoured by Richard Feynman among others, was ‘parton’ – though whether Dolly was the inspiration here is unclear.