I have been up in the air a lot recently- up in the air in a literal sense. Seeing the world from the tails of planes. Anyhow, it got me thinking about the word “up” and I did a google search to find out what interesting things have been written about “up”. I stumbled on this essay and thought it was fantastic, good fun to read. Enjoy:
WHAT’S UP WITH THE WORD “UP”
There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP.’ It is listed in the dictionary as being used 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 itI> 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.
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 takeUP 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 rains, it wets UP the earth. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP.
One could go on & on, but I’ll wrap it UP , for now ……..my time is UP , so time to shut UP!
Oh…one more thing:
What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? U P
Don’t screw UP. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book.
Now I’ll shut UP.
I got this essay on “up” from-http://open.salon.com/blog/catnlion/2009/03/02/whats_up_with_the_word_up. I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos. Please note they were all taken with my iPhone (aside from the last 2 which were taken with an iPad), on flight safe mode as allowed by the airlines. Please only use your phones on planes if they have a flight safe mode and if the carrier allows it so you don’t endanger yourself and others.
That said, I love language, literature and I love the ability of the human mind to think, enjoy and create new things, so for me this essay was just such a great find. It taught me about seeing beauty in what is ordinary. The gift of a different perspective. Thanks for reading. I plan to stay firmly planted to the ground for at least a little bit. LOL. Thanks for reading and remember to be awesome.