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Origin of "brand spanking new"

Posted by Bob on July 05, 2000

In Reply to: Origin of "brand spanking new" posted by Charlotte on July 05, 2000

: This one came up today and after throwing it back and forth for a while and coming up with zip, my aunt and I have given up and want to ask you all - where the heck does it come from? Any clues?

Although they no longer do it, doctors used to spank new babies on their little bottoms to get them to start breathing. Nothing's newer, yes?

See also: the meaning and origin of 'brand spanking new'.