4. Why is it OK for us to hear someone say "I spanked my child" but not "I hit my child".
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saya 7 months ago
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Hello :)

Let's compare the words spanked and hit.

Hit can come off as a very negative and violent connotation. Per internet, the definition clearly states hit being an act of quick force.
When you say you hit a child, that specific verb choice makes everyone think that you hit the child in violent and mean intentions.

Spanked is a term which is commonly used when a parent hits a child in a scolding manner. As a definition, it is usually only used when explaining parents hitting a child to scold; for example, a parent may hit a child in the hand after seeing him kick an animal on the street. This is a form of hitting that is scolding.

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