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What's up with the word up? I was just thinking, if someone was learning English as a second language, they would be really confused at how much we use this word, and not in a way that indicates direction. 

I mean, I wouldn't want to screw up anyone's ideas about how messed up this word is. But should we consider trading up for improved language? Who made up the way we use the word anyway? Regardless, I think it's worth sitting up and taking notice, as awareness is the first step to coming up with a better way. As soon as I got up this morning, I tried to look up why this word likes to tag along with other words but has no consistent additional meaning... there's something up there, but I can't put my finger on it.  I thought maybe when I grew up I would know these things, but I'm begining to think this is one of my strange hang ups.  I've been tied up all day trying to drum up some ideas, but I think I'll have to give up.

  • 29 July 2019
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