What is the world
UP TO ????
Lovers of the English language might enjoy this. It is yet another example of
why people learning English have trouble with the language. Learning the nuances
of English makes it a difficult language. (But then, that's probably true of
There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any
other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.'
It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or
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 a real special meaning. People stir
trouble, line UP for tickets, work
UP an appetite, and think
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 choked
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it
UP at night.We seem to be
pretty mixed UP about
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 to about thirty definitions
If you are UP to it, you might try building
UP a list of the many ways
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. When it does not
rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go on & on, but I'll wrap it UP , for now........ my time is
time to shut UP!
Oh...one more thing:
What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night?
Don't screw UP. Send this on to everyone you look
UP in your address book.
Now, I'll shut UP.