Morning Glory Road renamed due to sexual connotation

Brian Hitchcock brianhi at SKECHERS.COM
Tue Apr 9 23:51:22 UTC 2013

For many years I lived near a road called "Climax Road" (presumably
because it ran along the crest of the hill).  People kept stealing the
sign (this was in the 1980s.)  Then the county renamed the road "9th Place
West".  Nobody stole those signs.  (Tangentially... there were morning
glories growing wild along Climax Road; in western Washington they are not
considered flowers, but are one of the most tenacious of invasive weeds --
you can't get rid of them!)

But even then, it seemed to me that "climax" was a bit outdated as a
naughty word; it seemed like a cute but passe euphemism.  Nowadays it is
rarely heard, though it is not uncommon to hear talk show hosts and guests
discussing "orgasm".  Does anyone still call it a "climax"?

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