Know your particles
There’s also this rather helpful table of particles for those who are still not convinced they know their quarks from their leptons:
Basically, the Standard Model bits are the elementary particles, the things that make up all of the stuff we can actually see around us and understand. The world. Objects. People. Things. The sky.
Then there’s the Quarks, the bits that come together to form protons and neutrons and all that good stuff that makes up the nuclei of atoms today.
Hot on their heels are the Leptons which come in charged and uncharged versions. Even non physics boffins know what an electron is, and an electron is basically a charged Lepton. Combine Quarks and Leptons and you have pretty much all the matter your eye can see. Uncharged Leptons are neutrinos and they don’t seem to do an awful lot, as they are a bit antisocial and rarely interact with matter.
Next up, my favorite, the "force carriers." Sadly, no, these are not characters from Star Wars, they’re particles whose movements are observed as familiar forces like electricity and light. Electromagnetism if you will. They are also a major factor in radioactive decay as a weak nuclear force.
Last, but as we’ve discovered, certainly not least, there is the Higgs boson, the stop gap in particle physics which gives everything else meaning. Because without mass, there is no real substance, and without substance, there is no real meaning. Right? So Higgs, is the physical glue that holds our rather basic understanding of physics and the entire universe together. No pressure or anything.
Either way, now that CERN has found evidence that Higgs Boson exists, you can all sleep easy. Even though the meaning of life, the universe and everything is still 42.