Tuesday, 6 May 2008

What’s Up

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings 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, 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 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 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 about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. I f 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 the earth and often messes things UP.

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........... it is time to shut UP.....!

13 comments:

Monster Mom said...

Mak oi...
This is what you call warming UP the brain session....
Up Up and away...

Kata Tak Nak said...

monster mom,
That's a real UP.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

eh, whats up with this entry cikgu?

so there was this MP who asked a fellow wheelchair-bound MP to stand UP. i think the former's brain is totally..ehem...fucked UP and he's fond of screwing the shits UP.

hantutelur said...

So, it's really UP to you how to make things UP. And che' gu, it seems that each day you're always UP to something and this one's sure has liven me UP. I feel so confident today, finally like Superman, it's UP, UP and away!

Cheer UP for the rest of the day!

Kata Tak Nak said...

Kerp,
The best thing to do is to shove it UP his rear.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Hantu,
What did snow white see when she suddenly opened the bathroom door?
SEVEN UP

hantutelur said...

That's a good one, Chegu.

May I add, how UP is connected to other words to make UP meaningful terms like UPgrade, topUP, UPload, UPstage, UPlifting, runUP.

When I was a kid, when we played marbles, if someone shouts to you "Oi! Tak UP!", it means you are not allowed to move your marble from its original spot.

Today, to kids "UP" means doing a wheelie... and to adults means you're experiencing the effect of Tongkat Ali.

Kata Tak Nak said...

hantu.
Yes, men will do what it takes to UP. Lately I have been approached by friends to buy all these UP punya ubat. Ada kopi Giji, ada sweets, macam-macam. Someone told me from India ada Kamagra or something like that.

Toilet paper said...

Another UP topic..

Once people go UP they never go down..
Simple Principle in Malaysia..
They never wake UP..

hantutelur said...

Another fascinating word, ironically, is DOWN (though 4-lettered). Maybe you can start taking DOWN notes for your next entry.

tokasid said...

Salam Che'gu:

Bila main terup kelin: "Okay sapa nak UP?"

Bila tengokmaknyah jongang lalu:"Tengok darai tu memang awang aku tal boleh UP"

Tokwan tanya cucu: Mat,hang keja mana la ni?
Cucu: keja di hUP Seng tokwan.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

but in politic sempit, kasi Up sikit means to jack a politician UP, or simply ass-kissing la tu...hehehehhe...

Don said...

In MLM, there uptrend and t-up the upline. Uptown girls dah pandai dress up.
Menarik perhatian pemandu honda cUP, trying to speak up, but have to shut up. Very creative che'gu, as usual.

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