Hmmm....I'm a college graduate and consider myself an intelligent person, how could this nugget of knowledge escape me? So, thank the Lord for Google, I distracted her long enough to find the answer. Thus perpetuating the myth of the all-knowing mom. I just wanted to pass this along in case any other mom out there is posed with the same question.
1. Completely new.
Etymology: 16c, from brand (ie like bright new metal just taken out of the fire).
There you have it. Now here's my question-how did our moms survive without Google and Wikipedia?
Oh, and please don't ask me what "brand-spanking new" means, I haven't googled it yet! :)