Tuesday, September 28, 2010


You lovers of the English language might enjoy this and find it uplifting. There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter 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 the officers UP for election?

Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends.

You can brighten UP a room and polish UP the silver.

We warm UP the leftovers and then clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP old cars.

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.

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 the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th 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 wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When it doesn't 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......it is time to shut UP!

Oh . . . just one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?

U - P!!!!!!!!!

(OK, OK, I’ll go UP to my room.)


  1. Alright Mikey! I have to give it UP to you for a very clever post..
    Dan in NC

  2. Hi Mikey. Having been clued in on your blog by Dan, I'll try and narrow down the 'ups' to five concepts:

    To destroy: blow up.

    Direction: to jump up, rather than down

    The do something completely: to tidy up, rather than simply tidy

    To increase: To crank up, to pile up, to stack up

    Idioms: To wind up a friend, as opposed to winding up a clock.