Damien on… Thereup
Funny thing, the English language. Case in point…
You can tack all manner of words onto the end of the word “there” – about, after, against, among – and they are only the ones beginning with “a”. In all such cases, the connection of the words merely TIDIES what would exist if these words were used BEFORE “there”.
But the ones I am concerned with are the short ones – at, in, of and on.
My quibble is – WHERE THE HELL IS “UP”???
I mean, you can have thereat, therein, thereof and thereon – which sound better than “at there”, “in there”, “of there” and “on there”.
So why can’t “up there” by said as thereup?
Use it in a sentence? Certainly. “While cleaning my rifle, I encountered an obstruction in the barrel – so I shone a pen-torch into it and looked thereup”. Or “I turned into the wrong end of a one-way street and drove thereup.” Or “I followed a girl up the stairs who was wearing a mini-skirt and gazed thereup.” The possibilities are endless.
And yet, despite Googling, Wiki-ing and looking in my Chambers’ – I can find no trace of the word.
Of course, if Google LISTS this piece – anyone searching for the word will be sent HERE. Damn, if THIS doesn’t boost my hits, NOTHING will!
Footnote: Wordpress’ SpellChecker has found four “errors” in this piece – ALL of which are “thereup”.
Make that FIVE.