The word “UP”

There’s a 2-letter word in the English language that has an incredible number of meanings, and that is UP.

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning UP in the sky, or UP at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we say we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP the minutes of the meeting?

We call UP our friends. And we use decorations to brighten UP a room. We polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times, this little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP and appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing. A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning, but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP. To be knowledgeable about the proper use of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost one-fourth of a page and can have UP to 30 definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP can be used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it doesn’t rain for a while, things dry UP.

We could go on and on, but we’ll wrap it UP for now because time’s UP, so, as they say, it’s time to shut UP. But one more thing: What’s the first thing you do in the morning, and the last thing you do at night? U…P.

One response to this post.

  1. Michael your a great guy because your intelligence merges with a great sense of humour.


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