"The Bends"

David Bergdahl einstein at FROGNET.NET
Mon Apr 15 15:54:52 UTC 2002

I first heard the bent vs. straight opposition in the 1950s as a humorous
statement of homosexual desire (epitomized in penis shape) rather than
related to the bends.

--On Monday, April 15, 2002 11:45 AM -0400 Michael <michael at RFA.ORG> wrote:

> I would like to know not only where the term originated,
> but also how and when it came to be used outside of the diving
> community as in the phrase, "get bent".
> Thanks,
> Michael

Mein Leben ist nicht diese steile Stunde
daran du mich so eilen siehst.
        --Rainer Maria Rilke

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