On the Up and Up


Today we are going to Muse about a most unusual word.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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On the Up and Up

I am going to fess up.  I did not write this.  It was sent to me by a stand up person.  I think you will find it of interest.  Read until the end … You’ll laugh.




This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word.   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?  Why is it best to be on the UP and UP?

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.  And, hopefully we show UP on time.

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.

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.

One could go on and on, so 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 ?

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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