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How do non-natives learn English nuances?



[align=left]There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word 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.

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 1/4 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 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.

A guy at work was all stressed out - said he was fed UP.

A Texas rancher looked at his horse and said, “Giddy UP.

One guy thought I was too loud - he told me to shut UP.

I went to a casino and the dealer told me to UP my ante, then his boss came over and said, “Ante UP! I almost told him to “Put UP” or “Shut UP.

I'll wrap it UP - my time is UP... no more to put here so I'll give UP!
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Huh? What's up?? :shock:
 

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Almost makes ya' wanna' UPchuck, eh?

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This is what they think up in the U K ?? They should spend more drinking up at the Pub........
 

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Geordiemuppet wrote:
Foodman wrote:
This is what they think up in the U K ?? They should spend more drinking up at the Pub........
Bottoms UP
:cheeky1:Depending on what pub were in,,, my Bottoms UP against the wall:cheeky1::cheeky1::waving:;);)
 

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I always wondered what women were so UPtight about?:baffled:

Must be something the cosmetic manufacturers put in their makeUP.

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Don't get all up in arms about it !!!!!!
 

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(For those under British rule)

Up the Queen!
 

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No need to be UPity.

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Toughen Up kid
 
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