Donnerstag, 17. November 2011

Are you up to some up-thing?

To the topEinige Leser haben sich besorgt über die 54-fache Häufung eines vierbuchstabigen Wortes in einem älteren Beitrag geäußert. So sah ich mich veranlasst, nachzuforschen, ob jene inkriminierte Vokabel denn wirklich the most functional word der Englischen Sprache sei. Und siehe da: Zum Vorschein kommt ein zweibuchstabiges Wort:

Now 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 towards the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awake 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 about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th 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 it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. 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 … time to shut UP!

Aber warum erzähle ich das, wer weiß, maybe nobody gives a shit - ooooooooooops!

P.S.: Die wunderbare UP-Glosse ward gefunden bei hilairious.


Hans-Christian Beese hat gesagt…

Thanks, that cheered me up! I like their motto: "He who laughs last, thinks slowest."

Hans-Christian Beese hat gesagt…

p.s. angewandt auf die Welt der Blogkommentatoren: "He who comments last, thinks slowest."