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This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP. 
It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

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 (if there is a tie, it is a toss 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 fix UP the old car.

At other times, this 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.

Your stress level goes down when you lighten UP!

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked 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 UP the word UP in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 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 (UP to) 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, the earth soaks it UP.
When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.

We are encouraged to stand UP for our goals and values and never give UP.

Timewise, we refer to UP to now.
Some people are UP to no good!
It’s good to be UP to date.
It’s unpleasant to have an UPset stomach and throw UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP , for now . . . My time is UP !

Oh . . . One more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night? U.P.
Did that one crack you UP ?

Pluck and determination are voiced in a sentence consisting of only 2-letter words:

Don’t screw UP .. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book . . .
Or not . .’s UP to you.

Now I’ll shut UP !

(Thanks to Lenny Ravich for sending this to me.)


Steve Wilson is an award-winning psychologist, speaker, author, and internationally recognized authority on applied and therapeutic humor & laughter. He is the Cheerman-of-The-Bored of World Laughter Tour, Inc., and Director of National Humor Month (APRIL). He and Pam (The Empress of Everything), live in Columbus, Ohio. For more information visit, and,
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