Ever heard the phrase “Going round the bend”, meaning to go mad at something? Well, apparently it has it’s origins in the days of mental hospitals, when they were the norm to incarcerate people irrespective of their illness.
Mental hospitals apparently used to be built on bends in the road, so when someone was said to be “going round the bend”, they were off to the mental hospital.
Nobody is quite sure of this origin, I have done some online research though to confirm this theory about bends and mental hospitals.
Thankfully there aren’t many now, as mental health services are much improved, though there is much still to do to provide excellent quality care for all that have mental illnesses. Incarceration is a thing of the past, in some areas of the UK now.
So there you go. That’s the origin of “round the bend”, as I write, this train is going around a bend. Thankfully, I’m not!
Allen Brooks xx