Monday, April 20, 2015


There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-lettered 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 some people - UP for election?  Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report. We call UP our friends. We use the word 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 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. That alone seems to make UP seem mixed UP about UP.
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, I looked 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. I was UP to the challenge, so I tried building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. With nothing else to do and surrounded by 5-8 feet of snow, I got UP the stamina to try. This challenge took UP much of my time, however; I didn't give UP and I wound UP with a hundred or more ways to use the word UP.
When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains and wets the earth, it often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for a while, things dry UP.  H-m-m-m, I could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP for now and don't wait UP for me, cause I won't be UP to answering any questions aboot what I been UP to, Eh.
p.s. Then of course - just one more - I couldn't resist - my favourite Super Hero says; "UP, UP, and away!"


DJan said...

Oh, aren't you clever! I enjoyed thinking about all the ways we use that word, eh! :-)

Red said...

That's a great list of adverbs! where would we be if we didn't have adverbs like up.

Linda Kay said...

Goodness, great job with the letter U! U had to spend a lot of time thinking about this one.

Gail said...

I can only think of UPing the ante while playing a good game of poker.

Fun post!

biebkriebels said...

Those are a lot of ups to read I wonder about the photo with up in the air, would it be real?