Monday, August 25, 2014


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 I'm sure you will enjoy this. I never knew one word in the English language that could be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb & preposition. This was sent to me by my friend, Carole--give it UP for Carole!!

Read until the end ... you'll laugh.

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 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 UPour friends, brighten UP a room, polishUP 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.

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 . . . my time is UP!

Oh . . . one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?


Did that one crack you 

Don't screw 
UP.. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book . . . or not . . . it's UP to you.

Now I'll shut 

This has nothing to do with today's post,
but I though/t you might enjoy seeing one of my sons
taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:


Here are a lot of cartoons I've put UP for you:

Bet you couldn't identify me in a line-up!!----fishducky



  1. Big smiles. And yes, it cracked me up.
    And congratulations to your son - though that was a mini-bucket.

    1. The one his son threw from the truck wasn't a mini-bucket!!

  2. I'm glad I didn't give up and read it till the end! cracked me up as well! And LoL for the video! The ending was the best! How nice of your son to do the ice bucket challenge :)

    1. Both my sons & 2 of my grandchildren have done it so far--AND donated!!

    2. So when is your turn to do it? haha

    3. Nobody has challenged me yet!!

  3. Lots of uses for 'up'...remember when we used to 'hang up' the phone? My mom used to accuse me of being 'uppity' when I smart mouthed her lol.

  4. Now I've got this "UP" thing running through my head.

    1. If UP is stuck UP in your head, I've got no idea how to get it out!!

  5. Yikes, "up "is now like an annoying song rattling about my head.
    Think I liked the toilet seat up best. You know, it does make sense. We make guys handle the seat every time. Not fair and they are so bad at it.

  6. LOL! Smallest amount I've seen on the ice bucket challenge. :):)
    I never thought about "up"! What a marvelous, adaptable word.

    1. That's only true about the one he threw at himself!!

  7. Afternoon! yes...... you always make me smile plus a guffaw or two ...

  8. I know three other words that can be used as a noun, verb, adj, and much more. However they are all curse words so I won't give you examples. I will say they start with the letters. A, F and S. Bet you can figure it out. :)

    1. If I can't figure them out, I can always ask my kids--or my grandkids!!

  9. Dear Fishducky, the article from Carole and your cartoons just tickled my fancy. I truly have never even spent a moment thinking about all the "up" words I use. No wonder our language is so difficult to learn! Have a good week. Peace.

  10. I had no idea "up" was such a useful word.

  11. I love this!
    I've never thought about UP like this before, so many uses for it.
    It must be one of the most used words in the English language.

  12. I love the "up" one. Up always sounds happy compared to "down." Up a lazy river, compare to Down a lazy river.

  13. I want a write UP like that on my tombstone. :)

    Tony and I donated to both ALS and Parkinson's in lieu of the ice bucket, as I often sit with my feet in an ice bath, and no one wants to see me dump the feet water on my head.


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