Sunday, May 13, 2012

What’s up with UP ?????



(This is a shortened version of an email I received and I thought I’d share it with you. I wish I were clever enough to have been the original writer !)

The English word UP has more meanings than any other two-letter word and 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?

Sometimes this little word has 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 has a completely different meaning. If you argue, you can kiss and make UP.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP ! A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. I could go on and on but my time is UP …so I'll wrap it UP !

Oh . . . one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?

UP

15 Comments:

Blogger KGMom said...

Groan--on that last one.
I admit to not having thought of all the times we use the lowly word "up."

8:10 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

I posted this, too, with a few changes and additions. I gave you credit, of course. I also included three different illustrations. You come up with some good ones.

http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/whats-up.html

3:02 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Up with blogging.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous schmidleysscribblins,wordpress.com said...

So clever. I love wordplay and this one is great. Keep it UP please. Dianne

PS I have known a few men who were into keeping it UP too much of the time. UP is really important.

7:04 AM  
Blogger ellen said...

I received the email too and loved it.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

That word really got a work up.
Loved the last line the best.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

HaHa!!! I never quite thought of "Up" that way. Interesting Ginnie.
Love Di ♥

5:09 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

Ginnie, thanks for the comment you left on my blog: "That's an interesting bit of trivia. As a non student of the Bible I would have thought the word 'love' would be in practically every page."

Since I am not a literalist, I am open to being surprised by the "new" things I notice in the Bible. Sometimes it may be just a new way of thinking metaphorically about something. Maybe I should do a study of how the word "love" is actually used there.

As for using "UP" (hey, there's another one -- to "use UP"), we can build on good ideas we get from each other. Now I'll be thinking about why we say we used UP all the paper, for example, when the stack actually went DOWN. And why do we say "eat UP"? I'd better stop, or I'll be doing this all day.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

What's up with UP...everything it seems!

3:11 AM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Haha love it!

6:48 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Was,up! I thought it was to say our prayers!!!! I guess that was long ago.

8:00 AM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

Oh my. No wonder English is confusing to learn..... :)

4:09 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Ha--like this, Ginnie.

4:56 PM  
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