Up

I'm sure you will enjoy this.  I never knew one  word in the English language that can be a noun,  verb, adjective, adverb,  preposition.
  
    
    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 lockUP 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 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 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 awhile,  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?

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