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    out of sorts

    where does this saying originate from

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    Re: out of sorts

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    where does this saying originate from
    I believe it comes from the printing world. A "sort" was a particular letter
    in a set of letters or in a font. If a printer was "out of sorts", he lacked the necessary letters to print in a font. This has come to mean "irritable" or "ill".

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