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Directional words

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on January 05, 2009 at 22:13

In Reply to: Directional words posted by ESC on January 05, 2009 at 20:13:

: : What is the origin of using directional words in such phrases as: "Wash UP, Clean UP, Wash DOWN the walls, or as in Hi THERE, or You THERE!!

: One actually does wash DOWN the walls. So the soapy dirty water drips the right way. Other than that, I don't know. We had a discussion in recent history about time and direction. The future is ahead of us, etc., but I couldn't find it. Thought it might have some application to this subject.

Similarly, one shouts "You there!" in a literal directional sense - "I, here, am addressing you, over there". (VSD)