The word UP – a very versatile little word.

The word UP is used a lot and has many, many meanings.

This word UP has perhaps more meanings than any other two-letter word in the English language. It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

Firstly let me say that I have looked all over the internet for the author of this delightful example of the use of the word UP. Unsuccessfully, I might add. So I have put the author as Anonymous. If anyone out there can prove that they wrote it – please let me know and I will print his / her name below.

UP – Author Anonymous

It’s easy to understand the word 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 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.

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 !

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.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP for now. My time is UP, and so I’ll shut UP!


Here are a few more examples of the use of the word UP:

  • In the morning, we get UP (that is, after we wake UP).
  • We look UP people in the phone book.
  • When we are feeling down, the only way out is UP.
  • We look UP to the sky to see if it will rain.
  • I’m really fed UP with all this noise.
  • The dog has chewed UP my driver’s license.
  • What’s UP with you, you look miserable!
  • Try, try, try again. Never give UP
  • My friend recently gave UP smoking
  • Put your hands UP, this is a stick-UP.
  • Your bedroom is untidy, please pick UP your clothes.
  • Come in Nº 7, your time is UP!
  • Just keep it UP and you’ll lose your privileges!
  • Things are looking UP, I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

O.K. now I’m exhausted, so I’m giving UP. Can you come UP with any other examples? Please send me your comments if you can think UP any more….


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