Word of the Gay

*Straight talk on Gay language, one word at-a-time.

#8 “bent”

The British truly have a way with words. They also have a certain way with homophobia. Being “bent” refers to anything that is gay… and in essence, isn’t straight. It is derived, most un-remarkably, from the word bent being a simple antonym to the word straight. However gauche, this phrase is wildly popular and has many derivatives. For instance, it can be used to describe any person, place, thing or activity that is perceived to be gay.

[Origin: British; alternatives: bent, bender]

Derogative in nature, “bent” should be used sparingly. In the US, Canada and Australia, the term is more often used as an alternative to the adjective “fuck” in the following phrase: “Get bent!”

– adjective

1. a derogatory term used to describe homosexual men

Person 1: “He’s a little bent, don’t you think?” / Person 2: “Yeah, he’s a right bender.”


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