There is a two-letter word that has perhaps more meanings than any other two-letter English word, and that is the word “UP.”
We call UP our friends and ask them to come UP for dinner. For them, we brighten UP the room, and we polish UP the silver, hoping they’ve worked UP an appetite. We mess UP the kitchen cooking UP a meal and using towels to soak UP spills. Afterward, we have to clean UP, and the next day, we warm UP the leftovers.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is something special!
If it looks like rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, some things get wet and may end UP being all rusted UP. But when it doesn’t rain for a while, then everything dries UP. And in the winter, things can freeze UP!
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about “UP”! If you want to know more about “UP,” look it UP in the dictionary. It may take UP a fourth of the page, and can add UP to about thirty definitions!
Now—you can forward this note, or you can just delete it—it’s UP to you!
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