Monday, February 23, 2009

Crazy English - Part 1..... "UP"

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this - have fun :-}

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 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 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 , is time to shut UP !

That about does it, but if it were UP to me.....:-}
Have a Great Monday (I know that's an oxymoron)


Artist Unplugged said...

Leave it UP to you to inform us about this word...thanks for keeping it on the UP and UP!

Karie said...

thumbs up Bill!

OregonArtGuy said...

Unplugged: Hi Teresa - you're too funny - thanks for the comment :-}

OregonArtGuy said...

Thanks Karie - you're too funny too! :-}

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

This is funny. Now I know what you have been up to.

OregonArtGuy said...

Hi Cris - you girls are ALL funny :-}

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Hey whats UP with this crazy post on the word UP? This was so fun!

OregonArtGuy said...

Hi Barb: Thanks for the comment - I tell you, all you girls are comedians - that's supposed to be MY job :-} I was going to comment on your song lyrics, but it sorta took all the fun out out of it when I saw that all the answers were already there - I'll have to be quicker next time!

Laura said...

Thanks for the heads up on a word that is fairly used up, I can always count on you to keep me up to date.

OregonArtGuy said...

Hi Laura: Ha Ha - You girls have all outsmarted me!! I give UP :-}

Footsteps said...

Word up!! This is great. Heading right on to part 2...

OregonArtGuy said...

Footsteps - Hi Heather - Thanks for stopping by and your comment - see you at Part 2 :-}