Whence "Charm"? The quarks have very quirky names! All of them have an origin: * (up, down) refer to isospin states. * strange refers to "strange decays" that were, well, strange! * (bottom, top) are derived from "beauty" and "truth" ("Beauty" still is used synonymously with "bottom"). But I have no idea where the name "charm" comes from. I have heard two interpretations: 1. Since charmonium lives so long, it is said to have a "charmed" life! 2. [From Wikipedia]: "The name appears to derive from Lafcadio Hearn's Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation. Chapter 2 is called 'Strangeness and Charm.'" I was wondering if anyone here knew which (if any!) is correct?