The wonders of “up”

July 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Some more of the weirdness of English

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.

And we use it to brighten UP a room, 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.

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.

A drain must be opened UP because it is clogged 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.

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.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so…….it is time to shut UP!

Now it’s UP to you what you do with this UPlifting information.




Odd news from around the world

Pigeons shoo away band: “A bombardment of poop from pigeons forced the chart-topping band, Kings of Leon, to run for cover. The band scrapped their gig in St Louis, Missouri, after just three songs when the bombardment of pigeons’ droppings continued, KTLA reported. The rafters of the Verizon Amphitheater are filled with pigeons and as soon as the rockers took to the stage they started to poop. Kings bassist Jared Followill said there was already poop on his pedal and carpet when he took the stage and that he was hit multiple times during the first two songs. “The last thing I was going to do was look up … but if that was only a couple, we must have caught them right after a big Thanksgiving dinner,” jokes Followill.”

India’s $35 tablet — how low can it go?: “India on Thursday unveiled a prototype tablet computer that would sell for a mere 1,500 rupees, or $35, with the price possibly dropping even further as R&D efforts continue. Kapil Sibal, the country’s Minister for Human Resource Development, showed off the super-cheap touch-screen device in New Delhi as part of a push to provide high-quality education to students across the country. The tablet also comes with a solar-power option that could make it more feasible for rural areas.”

A colorful bank robber: “US authorities say a man has robbed a bank wearing a woman’s blonde wig, fake breasts under a sweater and clown pants. Pennsylvania police say 48-year-old Dennis Hawkins was sitting in a parked car covered in red dye from an exploding packet in a bag of money when he was arrested. Police chief Greg Geppert says Hawkins robbed the bank in Swissvale at gunpoint on Saturday, using a toy BB gun he had shoplifted from a store. Chief Geppert says Hawkins then entered a woman’s car. She got out, took her keys and alerted police. Hawkins was found sitting in the car.

Sex weighs on men’s minds: “It isn’t just women who have “fat days” when they don’t feel attractive to their partners. One in three men admit that gaining weight lowers their confidence in the bedroom. Research shows men who feel unattractive are less likely to initiate sex and one in four men have considered dieting to boost their libido. According to the study, an astonishing 65 per cent of men admit to struggling with their sexual performance at some point, while more than half who had experienced problems admitted they did not talk about it with their partner. The study was commissioned by the first online health surgery for men in the UK, which includes specialist sexual health clinics.”

Air travellers warned of sleeping pill danger: “Doctors are urging travellers not to take sleeping tablets during long-haul flights following the death of a healthy woman from blood clots. The 36-year-old woman, who was not identified due to patient confidentiality laws, had taken a single sleeping tablet and spent most of the flight asleep in one position, the New England Journal of Medicine reported last week. Tests confirmed that she died from deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) – blood clots formed in her legs had travelled through her body and lodged in her heart and lungs, causing brain damage. “Sleeping tablets are not recommended on aircraft, since they tend to immobilise you and increase your risk of thrombosis,” Dr Deborah Mills, Medical Director of The Travel Doctor in Australia, said.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.


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