Friday, April 3, 2009

Up, up and away...the English test.

Lovers of the English language might enjoy this. It is yet another example of why people learning English have trouble with the language. Learning the nuances of English makes it a difficult language. (But then, that's probably true of many languages.)
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There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP'. It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].
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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 and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends and 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 car. At other times the little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
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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 stopped UP.
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We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
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To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP , look 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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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.
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When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on & on, but I'll wrap it UP , for now........my time is UP , so time to shut UP!
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Oh..one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? U------ P--
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Don't screw UP. Now I'll shut UP!!

19 comments:

Ch!N MuN said...

wow...it's juz one word but can be used in many ways...thx for sharing ya...=D

Calvin Soo KJ said...

chinmun...no problems. encounter any other words to share?? how about down??.....lolz. thanks for visiting. god bless :)

Ch!N MuN said...

SLIM DOWN...lolz...coz now i m trying to get fit n slim down...lmao~

vertigonick said...

interesting! i know u did not come up with that, haha..

Calvin Soo KJ said...

chin mun....that's a good start :P

vertigo, i didnt say that i did it, did i?....lol. i got it from my mail. most of my posts are. im no genius when it comes to the english language. :)

Shinky said...

What's up dude?! ^.^

Calvin Soo KJ said...

shinky, nothing's up....everything's down :P

reanaclaire said...

in the 1990s.. everyone likes to hear this word "UP" esp after NINE am.. why?
boommmm ..boom..market booming ma..that time.. UP..UP UP!!!!
u know or not.. that time ah, cannot even wear red to the share market.. scared got jinxed..haha ..
if wear green, everybody happy includ me..

oh .. i think my topic sudah sengat .. sori ah...
*cabut first*

BlurryLeo said...

there is one thing we cover UP all the time and wash it UP when it needs cleanUP and stick it UP when it's time to blow UP. hahaha. By the way, idk why my akismet caught u as a spammer LOL. could be the "x". I got the comment approved anyway ;) have a great weekend.

KimberlyMay said...

....suddenly my tongue has become tired... too many "UP"!!!

Malaysian Joe said...

Whats UP dude?

At least KLCI was C4ed UPwards... lately.. :)

cleffairy said...

Malaysian was blown UP by the news of Mr. Bombastic being appointed as a PM. Up Up and away!!!! LMAO

kenwooi.com said...

haha nice one man.. btw what's the first thing i do in the morning and last thing i do at night? i don't quite get it.. lol..

please share UP the answer! =D

WayeYoung said...

Zzzz So many ups! lol!


Dizzy already XD

Calvin Soo KJ said...

reana, so i heard. :P but red underwear can lar, covered what....lol

blurry, me?? spammer?? oh gosh. sorry about that.

kimberly, its not always good, too much ups. sometimes, down also not bad.....hahaha

mjoe....not for long, i think. mostly market correcttion and becoz got new pm.

clef, who's his next target?? got any ideas?? :P

kenwooi...aiyo. Urinate and Pee lar.....lol

waye, got panadol?? :)

Pete said...

Ha ha, I got one post about 'up', (naughty thoughts)coming up on Tuesday night! Stay tune. LOL

Calvin Soo KJ said...

pete, every morning "up" or 24 hrs....hahahaha. i'll wait for your post. :)

GregChai said...

hehehehe, very creative. can't wait what's coming UP next hehehe

Calvin Soo KJ said...

ungreg....hi!!! WASSUPP!!!! :P