Up

One two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP.’  It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n]  or [v].

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, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean  UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other  times, this  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.

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 uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 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 clearing UP.  When it rains, it soaks UP  the earth. When it  does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP so I’ll shut UP now.

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