What are you up to?

Up to?    up_to_phrase

This is an interesting set of words that are used in different ways.

First, it is not uncommon to hear some one say, “What are you up to?”   Ignoring the preposition at the end of the word, it is interesting that the “up” has nothing to do with height.

This term “up to” cropped up again the other day.  I saw a poster in a business advertising a job opening.  This one happened to be for an installer of satellite dishes for television reception.

The part that caught my eye was that the pitch said you can earn, “up to $60,000 in your second year.”

That seems odd to me, and very open-ended.  If I earn $15,000, have they failed me? I think not, since I did not exceed their $60K limit.

The same holds true for the numerous weight loss products.  Some say you can loss up to $50 pounds in the next six months, or some other number of pounds and months.

Again, if I only lose 2.5 pounds, I have met their statement of losing up to 50 pounds.

So, if you read this post, you can earn up to $100,000 AND lost up to half your body weight.

You are very welcome

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