American Red, White & Blue
is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meaning than any
other two-letter word, and that is "UP"
easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top
of the list, but when we waken in the morning, why do we wake
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?
UP our friends, 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
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.
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 of the proper uses of UP, look UP the
word in the dictionary. In a desk size dictionary it takes UP
almost a fourth of the page and definitions add UP to about
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 UP the earth. When it
doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go
on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so
I'll shut UP...
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