The English Language: Gotta love it 3

This one, again, I do not have a clue who wrote it.  It’s up to you whether to read it or not. 😀

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..

There is a
two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word,
and that is ‘UP.’

It’s easy to understand
UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?  At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?  Why do we speak UP  and why are the officers UP for election  and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?   We call UP our friends.   And we use it to brighten UP a room, 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 the little word has real special meaning.   People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.   To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.   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 uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.  In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.  If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is 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 clearingUP.

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it
UP, for now my time is UP,
is time to shut UP!
Now it’s UP to you what you do with this email post.



  1. Very clever – do keep it UP!

    • Ha ha, love it Anne 🙂

  2. authormjlogan

    I’m gonna ‘UP’ the ante on you and give my own interpretation of “UP.”

    I learned that UP had two definitions. A relative, but arbitrary direction based on present location and orientation. (the sky is up, the ground under your feet is down)

    And then there is the more fluid of the definitions, that UP refers to an increase in anything. If we say that we are “waking up” we are increasing our level of consciousness. When officers are UP for election, they are put forward (an abstract increase in relative position) as candidates. Clouding UP means an increase in clouds, clearing up means an increase in sunshine.

    If we look at our first definition of “UP” carefully, we realize it is included in the second definition. The direction “UP” is an increase based on position relative to a center point. If you are in outer space, floating alone without a spaceship and could not see the earth, in which direction is “UP?” It no longer exists because you have no reference point.

    A fun post Angela, and an exercise in writing with both sides of my brain.

  3. Ha ha ha ha!!! I was thinking this was your left brain. Great response though. I suppose it all makes sense if you know what kind of sense it’s supposed to make??? Make sense?

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