Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Interesting fact No.265

Whilst watching a very informative film on youtube documenting the process of letterpress printing I learnt a facinating fact.
The expression 'OUT OF SORTS' as we know means, mildly unwell; not in one's usual health or state of mind.
But do you know where the expression comes from?.... Well I shall tell you....
Since the 17th century 'SORTS' has been the name of the letters used by typographers. So to be 'out of sorts' would clearly be unwelcome to a typesetter mid composition.
Excited and amazed by this fact, I went to my box of odd 'SORTS' and set the phrase and printed it over some old linocut rejects.

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