Friday Fun: How to Use the Word ‘up’
Some fun for Friday:
There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word,Â and that word is ‘UP.’ It is listed in the dictionary as being used 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 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 a 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.
- 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 1/4 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 does not rain for a while, things ‘dry UP’.
I could go on and on, but I’ll ‘wrap it UP’, for now ……..my ‘time is UP’, so it’s time to ‘shut UP’!
Do you understand all these ways of using the word ‘UP”?
Write your own sentence using ‘UP’ in the comments!