UP AND UP

English is so difficult to learn

The word UP has more meaning than any other two-letter word in English. It is listed in the dictionary as an adverb, preposition, adjective, noun or verb. It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we open our eyes in the morning, why we do wake UP?
At the meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why we do speak UP, and why are the officials 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 the following 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 UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost ¼ 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 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 doesn’t rain for a while, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now. My time is UP! BTW, by this time, are sick enough to throw UP, or have you already cracked UP?
Now listen UP again, whether you want to mess UP your life or not is UP to you! Now it’s time for me shut UP.

Taken from: Cool ‘n Smart Vol 10 No. 80 June-July 2011

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~ by agungsulis13 on August 10, 2013.

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