(There is an area of doubt between the concepts of polysemy and homonymy. In the following writings, however, the word polysemy will be utilized as the more inclusive term. It is, therefore, appropriate for the reader to determine if some of the terms or phrases treated as polysemy may be homonyms.)
UP # 1
If I am not used up or burned up before my time is up to give up the ghost or decide it is time to hang it up, I will continue to be up by four each morning to see if I am up to do more writing before I boot up the computer and dress up. If I happen to get up on the wrong side of bed I might turn up to be annoying to others who wake up and sit up and pipe up that they are fed up with flare up and will not put up with my blow up. They may even suggest that I wise up and cheer up and face up to the fact that I have to shape up my getting up before I soap up. They could even prefer that I clam up or with a bit of sarcasm suggest that I dry up.
UP # 2
During my morning warm up exercises, I worked up and appetite before I cooked up my breakfast. Then I washed up the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen and locked up the house and left for school. When the students showed up, I opened up the room for
algebra class and took up their homework papers as I listened to them make up
excuses. After class, I straightened up the classroom and wrapped up my lessons
plans before I wrote up a maintenance report to send up to the principal. As I left, I saw
students line up to get on the bus and they seemed to have brightened up their faces
with smiles. I then drove up to my driveway and made sure the car windows were up
before walking up the steps to the house.
Copyright © 1982 by Christian M. Yoder