Posted by TheFallen on October 18, 2002
In Reply to: Get bent posted by Bruce Kahl on October 18, 2002
: : : : What is the meaning of the phrase "get bent"?
: : : "Get bent! -- I despise you!" From "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Mass., 1996).
: : : That's kind of weak, isn't it. "Get bent" means go get a penile injury. Doesn't it fellows?
: : As a fellow, I agree it's rather flaccid, but how would I know?
Here in the NE part of the US of A I have always used and heard that phrase in
two different but related ways.
: One way is to use "bent" as a word to mean drunk or high as in "I was so bent last night I don't remember a thing".
: Another way "bent" is used is to castigate or criticize someone who makes a dumb remark as in "Whadaya talkin' about, you're nuts, get bent will ya".
: Outta here!
I always thought that "Get bent!" arose from the earlier phrase "Don't get all bent outta shape, willya?". Whether either phrase (or both) has anything to penile injury, I have no idea, but it's lamentable how frequently the subject of genitals rears its ugly head.