Today I was in an art history class and the term “Clair-Obscur” came up in a lecture about surrealism. I wondered where I had heard the phrase before and then remembered it’s the username of our French friend clairobscur. Up until then I’d had no idea that it was an art term, and just figured it was a witty nickname for someone named Claire (or St. Clair or something of the sort.)
I was also reading the Wikipedia entry for the book Dune (I haven’t read the book but decided to look it up after aborting my viewing of David Lynch’s movie in boredom) and came across the name Muad’Dib. So that’s where he got his name, I thought.
I’m sure some other people here have had these moments. Do you remember any times where you’ve accidentally stumbled across the previously unknown meaning of a Doper’s username?
Yes. While I myself haven’t read any yet, I have gradually become more aware of HP Lovecraft’s stories. There are a number of Dopers whose names I’ve recognized as I encounter references to Lovecraft… though at the moment the only one I can bring to the front of my brain of is Sauron.
There is a poster named Sentient Meat. I don’t know him/her but the second I read it I knew it was a nick from this story. I found a link to it online a miiiilllyun years ago and I really don’t think I’ve ever read anything else by this author (though I’ve heard of him) I adore this story.
I believe that Clothahump was the name of wizard who happened to be a turtle in a series of books I read many years ago. But it was the wrong way about, i.e., I read the books then happened on the name here much later.
I’m hoping Clothahump will come by and confirm or deny that his user name came from that book series.