Their nations were stable, they had a functioning government, and there was some sort of law and order on the streets.
On the other hand, we feel a little bit like we're sort of blacksmiths in the Internet era.
“I always want to be a sort of bad-ass, and I always come out smelling like a wildflower,” she told me.
late 14c., from Old French sorte "class, kind," from Latin sortem (nominative sors) "lot; fate, destiny; share, portion; rank, category; sex, class, oracular response, prophecy," from PIE root *ser- (3) "to line up" (cf. Latin serere "to arrange, attach, join;" see series). The sense evolution in Vulgar Latin is from "what is allotted to one by fate," to "fortune, condition," to "rank, class, order." Out of sorts "not in usual good condition" is attested from 1620s, with literal sense of "out of stock."