What’s Up with UP? – Fun Friday

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 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 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 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 !

— Author Unknown (prolific indeed)

[A song celebrating Silly Saturday]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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4 Responses to What’s Up with UP? – Fun Friday

  1. Carol Zehr says:

    I think one could make a sermon on up using The Gospel for Sunday Nov. 27th. I think it fits in perfect.

  2. Paul Wharton says:

    Good idea! Too bad I didn’t come UP with it sooner. What a downer! Why don’t you take it UPon your self and share the results? Thanks for commenting.

  3. Anonymous forgot “clam up,” which is what he did when the editor asked for his byline. Finally he spoke up, ” ‘Anonymous’ is fine.” The editor printed up the issue with him in it anyway.

  4. As I’ve nothing to add, I’ll shut up!

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