Where does morning glory come from?
Since the 1800s, morning glory has aptly named a type of bluish pink or purple flower that opens in the morning and closes by sunset.
— lala-nana (@lalalahanalove) August 27, 2020
Slang, though, saw it fit to repurpose morning glory. In the late 1800s, a morning glory was a horse that performed well in morning practice but performed poorly at the race. This lent itself to other athletes or people who didn’t live up to their potential. In the 1950s, morning glory was a habitual user of drug’s first use in the morning, while in the 1970s, Aussies described “sex upon waking” as morning glory.
Morning glory, as slang for the sort of erection that a man gets while still hitting the snooze button, is recorded in the 1980s. It also goes by morning wood and the alliterative breakfast boner. And for the record, it’s sometimes technically called nocturnal penile tumescence, or NPT, as the full phrase is rather stiff, shall we say. Some sources note morning glory is British slang, adding that the erection is caused by a full bladder—which, yes, is a thing.
The erectile morning glory gains traction in the 1990s in part due to the hit 1995 album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis. The album features the track “Morning Glory,” whose lyrics suggest drug use. Not that that stopped many from making the penis connection …
Another unfortunately named piece of media, the 2010 film Morning Glory starring Rachel McAdams, also renewed interest in the term. That film was about a morning TV show, not daybreak dongs.
Perhaps the most triumphant moment of this term’s history occurred in 2018 when a men’s health startup, Roman, released an erection-tracking app dubbed Morning Glory, earning some media attention. The app was particularly designed for those with erectile dysfunction.
Examples of morning glory
Who uses morning glory?
Morning glory is not only a natural and frequent phenomenon, but a sign of health. Chronic lack of morning glory may indicate a medical problem.
Be mindful that morning glory has a slew of meanings, with some associating it with having to urinate upon waking, others with having intercourse at the cock-a-doodle-do.
Many folks use morning glory to characterize something excellent first thing in the day, riffing on the timing of the phrase, not the sexual suggestion.
— #StormHour (@StormHour) September 8, 2018
With all this talk of morning glory, you probably have the chorus of the Oasis “Morning Glory” stuck in your head now, don’t you? “What’s the story morning glory? / Well? You need a little time to wake up wake up.”
And don’t forget to stop and smell the actual morning glories.
There was a morning glory climbing the fence today pic.twitter.com/bGgf9cL05i
— Anne Elder (@annelynnne) September 14, 2018
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