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There is a two letter word in the English Language that is quite unique. It has more meanings than any other two letter word. That word is UP.

It’s a word that we all use every day, and we use that word in many different ways. 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 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 start UP the car.

At other times, this little word has really special meaning. People can 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.

This word UP can be confusing. A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP. We open UP a shop in the morning but we close it UP at night. As I said it really is very confusing.

When rain is threatened, we say it’s clouding UP, then when the sun comes out we say it’s clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it doesn’t rain for a while, things dry UP, but I’ll wrap UP for now as my time is UP.

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 lot more UPs than you expected.

Doug Ryan

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