Is spanking abuse? Let us consult its etymology! Says EtymOnline.com, for abuse, “mid-15c., ‘improper practice,’ from Old French abus (14c.), from Latin abusus. Earlier in Middle English was abusion ‘wicked act or practice, shameful thing, violation of decency’ (early 14c.), ‘an insult’ (mid-14c.).” Very interesting. Is spanking an “improper practice”? Yes. Is it a “wicked act or practice”? Yes. Is it a “shameful thing”? Quite. Is it a “violation of decency”? Oh, most certainly. And is it “an insult”? Ten out of ten kids agree that it is! Yes, spanking is abuse. And that’s today’s two cents.