Whilst checking the definition of the idiom bent out of shape for a future post and then the definition of bend, I realised I’d somewhat manipulated the meaning.
I use the term ‘bend’ (specifically as bend to or bend towards) as a verb, it’s an act of unspoken people pleasing. When you bend to someone you do what they want often at the expense of your own needs.
And so I expected the definition of bent out of shape to refer to the outcome of excessive people pleasing. Turns out it means getting angry or worked up.
It was a little reminder for me to check the definition of words, it’s hard to communicate a clear message when you’re using words with made up meanings.