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Fun with Words: What’s Up? September 14, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.

What two-letter word has more uses than any other two-letter word?

I’ll give you a clue:  It’s a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, and a preposition! 

How’s that for multi-tasking a word? 

Do you give UP?  


What’s UP with that?

When we stop sleeping, we wake UP.  At meetings, topics come UP, and we speak UP.  When officers are UP for election, it’s UP to the secretary to write UP a report.

We call UP our friends, look UP addresses, and stare UP at the sky.  We use paint to brighten UP a room.  We polish UP the silver.  We warm UP the leftovers.  We clean UP the kitchen.  We lock UP the house.

Mechanics fix UP our cars.  People stir UP trouble.

We line UP for tickets.  We work UP an appetite.  We think UP excuses.  Our kids play Dress UP, and we get dressed UP on special occasions. 

A drain must be opened UP if it gets stopped UP.  We open UP a store in the morning and close it UP at night.

If you’re getting mixed UP about the proper uses of UP, look it UP in the dictionary.  But I’ll give you a heads UP, UP takes UP half the page and adds UP to thirty definitions.

If you’re UP to it, you might try building a list of the ways we use UP.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with quite a list.

When rain threatens, it clouds UP.  When the sun returns, it clears UP.  A drenching rain muddies things UP.  During a draught, things dry UP.

Well, I better wrap it UP since my time is almost UP.

Oh, wait, one more thing: 

What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?

Answer:  U P

Did that crack you UP?

OK, now I’ll shut UP.

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Inspiration:  e-mail from unknown author


1. cindy - September 14, 2010

Love it!

nrhatch - September 14, 2010

I love stuff like this . . . that really gets me thinking about the language we use.

2. humm - September 14, 2010

nicE writE UP…loL

nrhatch - September 14, 2010

Funny, humm! 8)

I’ll have to do this with another multi-tasking word sometime.

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