SE member Lightness Races in Orbit has a very nice turn of phrase as a username and I'm wondering where it originates.

I can't find an existing usage of it by googling. All of the top results are that user in various ways.

Why don't I ask the user directly?

SE doesn't allow direct messages so I can't ask them directly here.

Their blog does not have an email address listed.

I don't have the other communications channels that they do list; Facebook, Twitter, etc.

closed as off-topic by michael.hor257k, Laurel, FumbleFingers, Mitch, Andrew Leach Jan 4 at 19:58

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  • Have you considered asking that person directly? Do you have any reason to think that it is something other than what that person arbitrarily chose? (like, did you search for it first, and what did you find?) – Mitch Jan 4 at 19:06
  • @Mitch I did google, didn't get anything useful. I've updated my question re: asking the user directly; posting here is a bit of a last resort. I don't have a specific reason to think it isn't made up, except, a vague feeling I've seen it before somewhere else not related to that user. – studog Jan 4 at 19:16
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    It's not a phrase (as evidenced by your failure to get any meaningful search results). Therefore this is not about the English language - and not likely to be useful to anyone else. – michael.hor257k Jan 4 at 19:17
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a question for chat, not ELU. – Laurel Jan 4 at 19:18
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    You can always ping them in a comment. Anyway please delete this question. It is. It about the English language and is cluttering up the site with useless trivia about one person's choice of name. – Mitch Jan 4 at 19:56

It was derived from a quote attributed to Alicia Silverstone about the movie Clueless.

I think that Clueless was very deep. I think it was deep in the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it's true lightness. — Alicia Silverstone

This is currently on Lightness Races in Orbit's stackexchange.com user profile page.

  • I hadn't checked their Network Profile. facepalm Thanks! – studog Jan 4 at 19:36
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    Ah, so it's like "profoundly shallow." – user888379 Jan 4 at 22:03

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