Are You “UP” For It? Little Word…Endless Possibilities


Dear Reader:

Since yesterday’s post was a bit of a “downer”… I thought it was time to wake UP this morning to a new attitude! Which means, of course, we need some humor right now…so let’s try to bring some UP!

Starting with one tiny word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adj, adv, prep…Yep… UP!
This two-letter word in English 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 today we have two candidates 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 a very diverse range of special meanings. People stir UP trouble (Hummm?) 🙂 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 and then 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.

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 ( UP to) 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 soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP for now…… since my time is UP!


As soon as I saw this fun anecdote on the little word UP...I immediately thought of the Disney movie…UP! If you want to see “Boo Boo” tear UP, boo-hoo UP, and use UP all the tissues in a box…just put on UP as the movie for me to watch with the grandchildren…while the parents go out.

The kids love seeing me sobbing and start giggling every time we watch it and believe me…I pretty much have most of the dialogue down pact now. By the end of the movie I am emotionally used UP and spent UP for the rest of the evening. Exhausted!

Regardless…it really is a two thumbs UP movie! I love it! 🙂

So until tomorrow…See how much fun we can have with just a two-lettered word. If we can smile and laugh at this tongue-in-cheek humor…don’t you think we can start sharing more smiles and laughter on a daily basis….just show UP for people and entertain them with fun…we need it more these days than ever before! Play more…worry less. Okay? Word Up? 🙂

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

If a picture is worth a thousand words…this one sure demonstrates why we should never give UP.

* Most of us can remember (and smile at) the famous Budweiser commercial using the slang expression…“Whassup”! Played especially on Monday Night Football…

Budweiser decided to bring back the commercial during the quarantine…starting out with the fun back and forth tongue wagging “Whassups“..but then it gets serious and talks about checking up on one’s friends, neighbors, and family.

The new spot, recently released puts a twist on the iconic ad by encouraging people to check up on their friends and loved ones just to see “whassup” during this unusual time of isolation. It ends with the caller saying “Seriously I just called to check up on you…”Whassup?”

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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3 Responses to Are You “UP” For It? Little Word…Endless Possibilities

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Loved reading this when I got up this morning…really is a picker upper…❤❤❤


  2. Lynn says:

    Please, Becky, hurry up and sample one of those muffins so you can give a report on your taste test of the morning.
    Today I plan to stir up a few Banana Wheat Germ muffins…a recipe I’ve not made for awhile…or am I mixed up and thinking of a different recipe? Whatever, I want to have my husband wake up to the aroma of fresh baking on this warm summer morning. So best get up and get going here very soon! Blessings always as we continue to look UP and press onwards, forgetting what is behind and looking forward to all that lies ahead….eventually heaven when we will be caught up to meet Him in the clouds…So, Cheer Up….the best is yet to be!!


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