UP ?

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word
It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It is 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?
Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver.
We 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.
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
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP,

Look UP the word UP in the dictionary.
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 does not rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I will wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP

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