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What’s UP?

Recently Becka and I rented and watched the Disney Pixar movie UP and enjoyed it immensely. Whoever wrote the script really understood little boys. Then this past week I received an e-mail from a long-time friend about the word up and thought it would make a good blog post. After tidying up and reworking the e-mail, I'm posting it to up the educational value of my blog.

I'm fairly certain that the only two-letter word in English that could be a noun [n], verb [v], adjective [adj], adverb [adv], preposition [prep], and also an abbreviation is up. And no other two-letter English word has more meanings. You will have to be up on your grammar to recognize what part of speech up is each time it is used. To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of up, look up the word up in the dictionary. In a small dictionary, it takes up almost 1/4 of the page and can add up to about thirty definitions.

Don't mess up as you use this word. Using it correctly is up to you.

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? And afterwards, we sit 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, who is usually up at the front, to see if attendance is up and 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 something old.

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. Just be careful to button everything up.

And this up is really 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! And if not enough customers show up, we might have to up our prices.

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. Be sure to check your windows — in the house you don't want to leave them up, but in the car, you want make sure they're up. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing up. When it rains, the earth soaks up the water, but it actually goes down. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry up. If you're boating and the wind is up or the river's up, you'd better finish up or you might end up being up the river without a paddle. Before a heavy snow, we lay up supplies. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it up, for now... . My time is up!

(As we come up for a little air, let me bring up an interesting aside from a foreign language teacher ... in French, there is no one word that translates as our word up).

Oh, and how is up used as an abbreviation? This last summer my wife and I visited friends at the top of the the mitt of Michigan, but we didn't make it all the way up to the UP, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

I've tried to be on the up and up in this post, but frankly I was up against it. Now I think I'd better hush up before you get all worked up or even throw up! Just don't accuse me of being up to no good! 😛

This past weekend was my birthday. When the fam was at our place to help celebrate, we decided to take some pictures of Ryan outside. Here's a picture of him up on our neighbor's rock. Not only was he up, but he was also up.

I hope all is well in your world. What have you been up to lately?


"Sprinkles are the universal language of specialness." — Megan Hawkins

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If quitters never win, and winners never quit, whoever came up with, "Quit while you're ahead"?!

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5 Comments on “What’s UP?”

  1. #1 Michael
    on Oct 3rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Thank you for UPloading this post :0)

  2. #2 Meg
    on Oct 3rd, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    That was a very UPlifting post! 😉

  3. #3 Corene
    on Oct 3rd, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    When my sister is asked “What’s up?”
    She responds “The sky, a preposition, and the opposite of down.”
    I think I need to show her this post so she can add to her list. 🙂

  4. #4 Ray
    on Oct 4th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I am down with this post on up. I will not look at UP the same way again… I can’t think up anything else to write.

  5. #5 Len
    on Oct 4th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Do you realize that much of the time, unless the word up is used for a direction, the word can be deleted without changing the meaning of the sentence?