Looking up the word "spanking"

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Looking up the word "spanking" in a dictionary is a classic trope. It is an open secret that people with an interest in the topic of spanking (such as spankophiles) look up that word, or related words, to read their definitions. Such a dictionary entry can read, for example:

spank, pronunciation: /ˈspæŋk/
To slap on the buttocks with the open hand or another object, as for punishment.
A slap on the buttocks.
A slapping sound, as produced by spanking.

Looking up such sober definitions is not done so much with the expectation of learning much new. Rather it is done out of an urging curiosity how "it" would be worded in an official publication. Perhaps as a side-effect it can serve to refresh one's awareness of the word's full range of meanings. People find it curious to discover at a later time how many others have done the same. "Have you, too, looked up the word spanking in a dictionary?" is in fact a running gag in the spanko community.

On the Internet[edit]

If you typed “spanking” into a search engine, you’re erotically interested. Period.
  Bethany Burke, 2003

In the days of the Internet, the trope got extended to looking up the word "spanking" on the World Wide Web, either in a search engine such as Google or directly in an online dictionary or an encyclopedia such as Wikipedia. The Internet also offers media results such as images or videos for a given keyword, for a list of two or more words, or for a phrase (enclosed in quotation marks).

In literature[edit]

The trope is also found in literature such as the novel Enchantment by Daphne Merkin (1986). Page 102-4 narrate the bare bottom spanking of a little boy by his mother. A witnessing girl is getting turned on and looks up the word "spank" in the dictionary.