This is an email that I received from my father and yes I did laugh towards the end …

I’m sure  you will enjoy this. I never knew one word in the English language that could be a noun, verb, adj, adv, prep!

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 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 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, 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?



Did that one crack you UP?

Don’t screw UP. Send this link on to everyone you  look UP in your address book . . . Or not . . . it’s  UP to you.

Now I’ll shut UP!

When I received the email appearing above yesterday from one of my erstwhile colleagues I thought of replying to the  with the message:


However, after careful consideration I felt that this expression sounded a trifle , ungrateful,  uncivil, coarse, ribald, vulgar, obscene, impolite, improper, indecent,  and decided to give this idea UP.  Apart from that I could not think UP any more appropriate adjectives.