What’s up with the word “up”?

UP is an amazingly versatile word.

In a dictionary, ’UP’ is listed as an adverb, adjective, noun, verb and preposition.

In the morning we wake UP. At a meeting, a topic comes UP, we speak UP, officers are UP for election, and it’s 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 and clean UP the kitchen?

We lock UP our house and fix UP the old car. People stir UP trouble, line UP for theater tickets, work UP an appetite, get dressed UP, and think UP excuses. Occasionally we even shut UP.

Sometimes 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. 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 a while, things dry UP.

Try looking UP the word UP in the dictionary – it takes UP almost a quarter of a page and can add UP to about 30 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.

I’m starting to get pretty mixed UP about UP so I guess I should wrap UP for now, because my time is UP. Did this crack you UP? If so, then please don’t screw UP. Send this to your friends unless you choose not to take UP your time. It’s totally UP to you.


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