Sunday, February 15, 2009

Why the word UP?

Lovers of the English language might enjoy this......How do non-natives ever learn all the nuances of English???

There is a two-letter word that perhaps
has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word 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 specialAnd 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 the word UP  in the dictionary.   In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add  ; UP ..

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 wets UP the earth. 

If it doesn't rain for awhile,things dry
UP .
One could go on & on, but I'll wrap it
UP , for now my time is UP , so ....

Time to shut
UP .....! more thing:!
What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night?

U   P

Don't screw up.  Send this on to everyone you look up in your address book

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