Friday, February 13, 2009

Thematic Photographic #36--- Up, in so many words!

The Thematic Photographic this week is "up", as opposed to "down" last week. I am going to shatter convention tonight by posting a non-photographic contribution, but I think you'll get the picture!

Lovers of the English language might enjoy this. It is yet another example of why people learning English have trouble with the language. Learning the nuances of English makes it a difficult language. (But then, that's probably true of many languages.)

There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as being used 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 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 a 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 about the proper uses of UP , look 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 a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on & on, but I'll wrap it UP , for now time is UP , so time to shut UP!

P.S. I am all packed UP for a trip to Norfolk, VA. I might not put UP many new posts till I get back (with lots of photos) but I'll be looking UP my friends in the blogging community to see what everyone is UP to.

Now I will shut UP!

1 comment:

Carmi said...

Hi Barb. I hope you're having a great trip so far. I've been out of town and back twice since Friday, so I relate to the trip mindset.

Love how you wrote through the theme. I've often written about how pictures need not necessarily be taken with cameras. Often, they can be painted with words. You've done that in spades here.