A quirk with quark

Perhaps  was too quick to judge anyone else’s linguistic skills.
The other day I encountered this from Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time:

The word quark is supposed to be pronounced to rhyme with quart, but with a k at the end instead of a t, but is usually pronounced to rhyme with lark.

Huh?  Let’s take a better look at this, curtosy of http://lingorado.com/ipa/


quark ~kwɔːk~ 
quart ~kwɔːt~  
lark ~lɑːk~
quark ~kwɑrk~ 
quart ~kwɔrt~  
lark ~lɑrk~
Hawking apparently doesn’t like American pronunciation.

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