Let’s have some fun with language!

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Fun with words
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Recently I saw a movie (animated feature “Up”) that had me laughing. I thought a friend who suffers from winter blahs would enjoy seeing it so I e-mailed her “Want to be ‘Up’?”

Another friend e-mailed me this tidbit about the two-letter word Up:

In English UP has more meanings than any other two-letter word. It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v]. Word expert that I am, I never knew one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, AND a preposition. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

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, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times, this 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!

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 soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP!

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