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Back when type was set with individual

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 29, 2007

Back when type was set with individual metal letters, those letters were called “sorts”. Popular letters like a, e, t, i, etc. would occasionally run out and the printer would then be “out of sorts”.

Update: Scratch that. Individual letters are called “sorts”, but “out of sorts” came from somewhere else. (thx grant and hal)