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Posted by c [2694.8205] on December 05, 2011 at 15:40:23:

In Reply to: OT: English posted by Sapphire [735.9998] on December 05, 2011 at 11:40:04:

we speak UP because our vocal cords are below our mouths, where the sound comes out.

As Mrs Cleaver once said to the Beev:

"sometimes I think COOL means not so hot"

when I was a kid, they called pomegranates 'chinese apples'- I guess because they were ornate, like a chinese lantern.

When I recently came across a reference to 'chinese apple juice' , I had to stop and wonder if they meant apple juice from china or juice from a pomegranate.

"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 the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP"

I think UP is where I see the clouds and where the rain comes from. Dryness comes not only from lack of rain, but from evaporation, which is moisture going UP into the atmosphere, so I guess SOME of our concepts make sense-a house DOES both burn up and burn down, as we see smoke, flame, and ash go up and the roof come down.

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