A week or so ago, a friend (waving to Carol) sent me this little bit about a little bitty word – UP!

I was amazed at the variety of meanings that we all understand, but maybe have never really thought about in this way before.

The picture above brought it all flooding back to me as I stood at the bottom of these THIRTY steps that definitely go UP!

And UP we went . . . time after time to haul all of our “stuff” up into the apartment where we were staying while visiting The Mayo Clinic.

And anyone who knows us, knows just how much “stuff” we can manage to haul around with us, no matter how short a time we plan to be away from home.

These stairs were not only plentiful, but steep, so we got a good workout several times a day each day we were there. No need to search out a gym, that’s for sure!

Here is the piece that I got in the mail. I hope you find it amusing! ;->


“I’m sure you will enjoy this. I never knew one word in English language that can be a noun, verb, adj, adv, prep. UP

Read until the end … You’ll laugh.

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP .’ It 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 (if there is a tie, it is a toss UP ) 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 this UP is confusing: 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. 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 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 ( UP to) 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 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 !

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

U P !

Did that one crack you UP ?

Don’t screw UP .. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book . . . Or not . . . it’s UP to you.
Now I’ll shut UP !”

About judilyn

RV'er, foody, caregiver, knowledge seeker
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7 Responses to UP

  1. gypsy97 says:

    That is a very clever piece about the word “UP”. Especially clever is the last ine! Hope things go well up at the Mayo.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gayle says:

    Yes, you do have some steep stairs to go UP!
    For someone trying to learn English, I imagine UP would be a very confusing word.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Such an interesting post! It totally upped me! 🙂


  4. Love it! I once compiled a long list of animals coupled with a preposition.


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