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  • riva pomerantz

    December 14, 2020 at 8:04 am

    My wonderful mother-in-law just sent this to me and while I normally despise email chains, this one is definitely fascinating!

    A reminder that one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition.


    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 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 UPexcuses.

    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, lookUP 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, the earth soaks it UP. 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!

    Did that one crack you UP?

    Don’t mess 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!

  • Fayge Y.

    December 14, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    I’m trying to think of something clever to add.

    Just as well, I don’t want to be accused of being uppity.

  • PassionforWriting

    December 15, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Lol, lol, lol! Thanks for sharing, Riva!

  • Sury

    December 15, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Ha ha! Fascinating. Thank you for sharing!

  • Rochel Solomon

    December 18, 2020 at 3:18 am

    Haha that ending made me want to throw my hands UP!

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