This two-letter English language word 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.

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.

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