Woody Had Too Many Options

Woody and Mimosa at the Bark 'n Barley Bar. Woody is humorously saying he had too many options

I got the idea for this cartoon from Jim Zaccaria, a Facebook friend.  Jim always has interesting and clever posts.

As I was developing the cartoon, I wanted Mimosa to say Woody was looking “out of sorts.”  I checked to make sure I was using the phrase correctly and ran into this great web site about English phrases.  You will want to check it out.

Anyhow, below is Tim Bowen’s description of the meaning and history of the phrase from that web site.

Have a nice day, and hope you are not “out of sorts,” – J. Daniel


Phrase of the week: to feel out of sorts

By Tim Bowen

Tim Bowen sheds some light on the origins and definition of the phrase to feel out of sorts.

A common answer to the question ‘How are you today?’ is ‘I’m feeling a bit out of sorts’.

You can also say ‘You look a bit out of sorts today’. This means that you don’t feel right. You are not necessarily ill but you don’t feel 100% or you don’t feel your normal self.

Unusually, this expression is believed to have its origin in the printing trade. Before the days of computers and desk-top printing, all printing was done by hand and was a very laborious process. Sorts were the small pieces of type printers needed to make up a font.

With a full supply of sorts printers could work steadily but if they ran out of sorts they had to stop working. As many printers were paid according to the number of pages they could produce per day, being out of sorts usually made them angry or bad-tempered.

Cartoon dialog:
Setting:  Woody, looking a bit disheveled, is at the Bark ‘n Barley Bar talking with bartendress Mimosa.
Mimosa: You look a bit out of sorts, Woody.
Woody: Yeah … let’s just say last night I meant to behave … but there were too many options.

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