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DD    Posted 02-15-2005 at 20:49:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
So a 2 letter word has a hundred completely different meanings. So what is this stuff about English being easy?


There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meaning than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP."
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we waken 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.

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 of the proper uses of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary. In a desk size dictionary, the word up, takes UP almost 1/4th the page and definitions add UP to about thirty.

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 UP the earth. When it doesn't rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP,
for now my time is UP, so.............
I'll shut UP...
***G'nite All, I'll try to peek back in tomorrow. Just got this in my email and thought it was kinda funny and wanted to share it with ya'll : )


tanklord    Posted 02-15-2005 at 23:58:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife is from Honduras, and this has been the hardest part of english for her to learn. These things with UP just don't translate well as per the manner we use them.


Hollie    Posted 02-15-2005 at 20:52:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
very interesting...its 10:32pm and i'm UP now waiting for the kids to be picked UP so i can get to bed and get UP in the morning for the dayshift kids...LOL..........nite DD


gran    Posted 02-15-2005 at 20:59:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hollie, you are UP with kids there at 10:30.Whaaaa, you work 24 hr. a day?


Hollie    Posted 02-15-2005 at 21:03:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
evening G....yep..morgan is 3, lucy is 3, cindy is 4 and the baby is 6 months...thats the night time shift...from 1pm to midnight...then in the mornings i have marshel, age 2, brandon age 3, the new baby, AJ age 7 weeks, his brother seth age 4...they all go home around 3 or 4pm..i have a few hours of overlap...mornings start at 7am..cept on monday i get one at 5am...but i leave the front door unlocked and her mom just puts her to bed and yells she's here..and i answer back ok....yep....i love the babies...and the $......lol they rotton....all of em....


gran    Posted 02-15-2005 at 21:37:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
lady, if you lived in the city you would be knee deep in kids. I feel sorry for most(I said most)of the working moms,I guess you know what it is like. You can't find anyone for love nor money.The ones I don't feel sorry for are the ones working so they can have a boat, a big house, they are never in ,a summer home,etc. We have a lot of those high powered ladies who commute three hours, work eight,and farm the kids out. Woops,get off the soap box. Sorry about that. Bless you, and take care.


hollie    Posted 02-15-2005 at 22:00:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
i understand g....most of my kids are refers from the division of child services...kids who need extra care, longer hours, have been removed and are back in their own home, autistic kids...heck i've had em all...the last little girl we fostered still comes and sees us on weekends...i keep one room done up just for her...the other bedroom is the nursery...and i put kids on youth beds in there...the night time kids are special in the way that they need a family type atmosphere...they have to eat at the table with us...learn manners....how to act, sit proper and all that...no tv meals here...and we have set bedtimes and bath times...i run a pretty tight ship...the little one on the photo gallery is our rotton little angel...she has really stole our heart...have a good night g...im off to bed...its 11:40pm...and the last one just got picked up...night!


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