Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordsmith Wednesday

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word: 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?

Why are 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,

clean UP the kitchen,

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.

How messed UP is this?

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 its proper uses, look UP the word 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, the earth soaks it UP.
When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.

I could go on & on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now time is UP!

Don't screw UP. Share this with everyone you're hooked UP with in cyberspace..or's UP to you.

Thanks for putting UP with me.  Now I'll shut UP!

NOTE:  Material not original.  Source unknown


Oriana said...

Wow. I never realized how many times this word came UP in my day!

Randy S. said...

I'm fed UP with this whole thing.