Thursday, May 12, 2005

What's with UP?

I am blessed with friends that send me communication humour and I thought that it would be great to use this today on my birthday. I believe we can connect on a deeper level when we use humour appropriately.

Not only is it funny, it can also show you how easily words can be used in different manners that can create confusion and misunderstanding.
While seeing the humour in this, take time to note how one word can be so interchangeable.

So what is this stuff about English being easy? There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word in the English language -- and that is the word "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 understand the proper uses of UP, look it UP in the dictionary. In a desk size dictionary, the word up takes UP almost a quarter page and it adds 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 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 just shut UP !

Have a great week. All the Best!

P.S. If you like what you're reading in this
newsletter, you'll love the book,
“Overcoming Barriers to Communication”

It's an interactive manual that takes you through the steps to help
you overcome challenges in communicating and connecting with others.
Overcoming Barriers to Communication

Next week I will be bringing you a survey. You can let me know what your communiction concerns are and what you would like to see written.

Have a great week!

All the Best!
Maria Boomhower
The Master Communicator


At 11:49 a.m., Blogger dataminer said...

Maria is a true Godsend as she provides you with thought provoking insights into communication. Then seasons it with wit and understanding which make it's very educational and enjoyable reading. Kudos



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