Phenomenal two letter word:

I’m sure you will enjoy this. I don’t know another word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adj, adv or prep.

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 UPa 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 a 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, the earth soaks UP the rain. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap UP 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?

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!


25 thoughts on “Phenomenal two letter word:

  1. Outlier Babe

    “What’s up with Barbara?”
    “Why? She seems up.”

    “But now she’s raining down up-glut.
    She’s all worked up;
    It burns me up;
    Enough! My up-cup is filled up.”

    “Oh, come now, pup,
    Don’t fret, drink up,
    It’s ‘Bottoms up’,
    And pass the cup,

    Resent a word?
    Why, that’s absurd!
    So you’ll wind down,
    Let’s head downtown.


    Well, not my cleverest, but had to try. Up is a tricky one for rhyming, isn’t it?

    This WAS an interesting post, Barbara.

    A continued Merry Christmas to you, until that magical January 6th 🙂

    (By then, my tree will look like Charlie Brown’s, I’m afraid.)

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Outlier Babe, thank you so much for sharing these up-beat words for the up-and-coming festivities for the New Year! I do hope your Christmas continues to bring you joy and wasn’t a balls-up! UP is a tricky one to use… hope your stocking was filled up to the top! ❤

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  2. Martha Kennedy

    I don’t know why I haven’t seen your blog up in my reader for a LONG time! What’s up with that? You probably think (since I haven’t responded in a while) that I’m stuck up or something, but that’s not true at all. I give this goofy funny blog post two thumbs up!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      I would never think of you as stuck up, Martha! I haven’t been posting everyday, just preparing for family to stay during the Christmas break. As far as the Reader is concerned, I don’t get all of the people that I supposedly follow there. It is a hotch potch rather than the people I would like to see. I’m vaguely on vacation! Have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas Martha! 🙂

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  3. Unreqwrited

    Hahaha! Look what we have to put UP with to read this post! 🙂 Not that you need it, but I’ll add up one more to your list: Yesterday I chopped a tree down, and today I am going to chop it UP. With that I think I’ve had it UP to here 😉

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Glad you could add to the list. I shall get my comeUPpance, as I didn’t write this piece! A friend e-mailed me this. I love language, especially the idiosyncrasies of English and decided to share it; enough to make everyone fed UP. 🙂



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