The Word UP

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is..."UP"
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 ?
Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends, we brighten UP a room and 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
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 the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.
At other times the 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 these UPs are 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 1/4th 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 uses.
I could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, because for now my time is UP, so.....Time for me to shut UP!confused confused
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Jim, do you feel worry a lot?Relax a little...banana hug
Spring, I am not worried about anything. I am very relaxed most of the timepopcorn
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A few weeks ago, we were copied on an email that had this amusing passage:


“You lovers of the English language might enjoy this.

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is “up.”
THAT is quite a stand UPwow
Hi Sweet Jim bouquet and some men pray to gawd, this time their able to get "it" UP rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing
Hi Jim
Sorry, if it was up to me I would have turned up earlier. I was tied up elsewhere but I will make it up to you.grin
cheers wave
I can´t really come up with anything interesting, so I will leave it up to others...
I now have to go and knock up something to eat before turning up again later..
Ok, guys, just cheer up and don´t get fed up!laugh
THAT does sum it UPheart1
okay guys just got caught UP on this blog
could not bring anything UP on desk top....
it was not UP to par
so pulled blog UP on tablet it is harder to use
so will not be UP to sharing my little thoughts too much today
Jarred, I didn't get this from the website you mentioned.scold
Thanks Nozealhug
Buttercup, my sweet, you are so BAD!laugh hug
Cheer up, stand up for yourself, we could meet up, why don't you look it up, what are you up too? it is up to you, why do you say"up yours?" have I been stood up? did you get mixed up?
UP and down like a yoyo, JUST up there, do you need a close up,
Stand up firm, we all have our ups and downs, did he show up,

JUST CHECKING MY ENGLISH......
Thanks Cat.handshake I think I am up for all of this.cheers
Nozeal, I didn't know you knew so much about ups. By the way does anyone know what ups stands for?

2nd, thanks for your up beat comment.yay
wave Jim!

What are you UP to?
I'm UP to no good as usual and I'm have difficulties keeping UP with everything here!hug
Do ya think you could slow UP a bit for me here?

WhatUP!!!yay yay yay teddybear
flirty flirty UPsy Daisey!heart wings
WHAT this a question, if yes, there is my answer:
UP does indicate a movement, a course of action. a direction, a sense to giveconversing
MISTAKE : WAS this a question, I meant to writewow
Ok, the ups mystery is solved. It stands for: United Parcel Service. A worldwide delivery serice.

So what is everyone up to today?cheers
Theresa, you are way to coooool.hug
Well GJ in our house we certainly do alot of the UP..... BUT it is usually getting UP to MISCHIEF!!!!! (or is it mischeive) uh oh I get an A STAR in that one!!! applause applause applause (not spelling of course) doh
teddybear Thanks Jimteddybear You are very kind.....

I'm not always cool because I'm UP to being me and all of me is not always UP to being as everyone's expectations wink but that's ok! Because my Creator UP above made me for what I'm need for weather anyone is UP to it or not...rolling on the floor laughing teddybear bouquet hug cheers
A star for you Wallop!hug Thats because you spelled up correctly.rolling on the floor laughing
Theresa, you are way UP on me!laugh
GJ... THANK YOU!!! hug applause
( daydream Mmmmmmm thinking...` was that really a compliment???`) confused
laugh What's Up G.Jimmy!
.................moping
Angel, I ain't UP to nothing.
G.Jimmy;
laugh Alright Alright Alright!...............................Up!thumbs up
Ya'll make my neck hurt, I'm tired to looking up at ya~! laugh Come down to my level, I'm closer to the earth, ya'll have your heads up in the clouds roll eyes
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