Continuando com a série dos vários significados de UP, há um pequeno texto de Thelma Wilson Cook, onde ela faz uma brincadeira com a palavra UP e seus vários usos com phrasal verbs em inglês. Foi publicado na edição de junho de 1986 da revista Reader´s Digest (Seleções).
Upon my word!
We all seem to be hung up on up. We put up with, use up, come up, butter up, line up, punch up and belly up.
Houses are opened up, lighted up, warmed up, cleaned up and closed up. Motors are fired up, gassed up and charged up. Boats are sped up, slowed up, tied up and laid up.
If we are mixed up, we must hurry up and shape up or we´ll be fouled up.
And, heaven help us, we drink up with 7-up.
If you think up other examples, don´t call me up. I´m up the wall with up. I give up!
Thelma Wilson Cook