Are you learning the English Language ?

Let’s face it- English is a crazy language.

My nine year old son came home one night with a home work about  HOMONYMS.

If you learned proper English grammar and usage , you would know what HOMONYMS are.

So we sat down together and I tried to explain how hard the English language is to understand and how one word can change the whole context of understanding………… many meanings for one word.

We came up with a pretty long list of HOMONYMS, and we were really having fun with it  until we came to the word  UP .

You, lovers of English language might enjoy this….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 toward the sky or at the top of the list, what is the first thing we do in the morning? We wake UP. At a meeting,  why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends, and we put a light UP to brighten UP a room, we love to warm UP the leftovers and cleaned UP the kitchen.

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 of excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !

To be knowledgeable  about the proper use of the word UP, look it 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 come UP with a hundred or more.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so… is time for me to shut UP….


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