Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 12:07:46 -0400
From: Benjamin Barrett Gogaku[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GNN.COM
Subject: Re: go up to
This has probably reached "mootdom," but "up" in the sense of "go up to
door" to me would mean "right up to."
"Walk up the street," however would be going north, up a slope, or walking
towards a position that the speaker is psychologically identifying with.
The reason you go "up a walk" to a house is that if you didn't, the yard
and the house would flood every time it rained. We're talking common sense
here, not dialect.
Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word
Coconut Grove, FL
I have to disagree. Walking up to a person means to draw near, not to
prevent oneself from being drownded by a rainstorm. Similarly, I would say
that Gilligan is "going up to the door to Ginger's hut" even though they
didn't have any steps at all.