Morning wood (UNCLASSIFIED)

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Nov 17 04:24:42 UTC 2012

The earliest I see on Google is "Beavis and Butt-Head," which is my recollection of first seeing the word.

Episode 144, "The Mystery of Morning Wood," aired on November 20, 1995 ( has a claim of the use on August 19, 1993 by Butt-Head in an interview by Charles M. Young of "Rolling Stone." Butt-Head says, 'That would be cool. Huh-huh. "Give us this day our morning wood."'

If "Beavis and Butt-Head" is the origin, it may be that "Woodrow" is the source. There is a glossary of Beavis and Butt-Head terms at, where it lists "Woodrow":

Woodrow: An erection. Other terms are "Morning Wood" (waking up in the morning with an erection), "Stiffy", "It's high noon on my sundial", and "Our pencils are hard". When they are talking about getting an erection, they say things like: "Pitching a tent", "I'm getting a boner", and "I'm getting a stiffy!".

Evidently Beavis uses the term Woodrow (, 

See also, which says: "They can't believe someone would say `Woodrow' on TV." That implies that the term "Woodrow" is already a set slang term, but it isn't definitive.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Nov 16, 2012, at 5:30 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> I'd look for evidence a bit earlier -- perhaps by about a decade (or less).
> At the time, it was suggested it came from BE... Whether there is a
> connection, I have no idea.
>                  VS-)
> On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC <
> Bill.Mullins at> wrote:
>> I associate the phrase with Wayne and Garth from the "Wayne's World"
>> sketches on SNL.
>>> --------
>>> Ca 1993, IIRC.
>>> JL
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