Saturday, June 4, 2011

Are you really up for this now?

Now as you may have guessed long before now, I am attracted to unusual words and their usual implications on our lives. So in that vein I am passing on something that is not original to me, but thought taking in its own way nonetheless. However that said, this word is far from an uncommon word, but in fact finds its attraction to me anyway, in the many, many different ways it can be used up. And all that and in a simple two letter word too. So if you are up for it, here it is:
“This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].
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. In fact, we seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP 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 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 soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP. One could go on & on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now time is UP! more thing:
What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? U P!
Did that one crack you UP? Now don't screw UP. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book. Or's UP to you. Don't forget when you’re angry at someone it's Up Yours!!!!! Now I'll shut UP.”
Now the above is obviously meant to be a bit of fun, while at the same time making us all aware of the many different ways any single word, even a simple two letter word like up, can be used. So as I close up here, let me ask, how are using up today? Are you using it up to build up people or just to bring them up short and then to beat them up with it? Over to you now if you are up for it, for it is truly up to you know as to what you do.

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