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Up Up and Away

There are a few words that start with the letter P where it is easy to overlook the possibility of making an UP word by hooking a U in front


PEND -- UPEND

As both the base word and the UP word are verbs this works for PENDS, PENDED and PENDING as well


PHANG -- UPHANG

Both of them are verbs. PHANG means to seize in the teeth


PLAID -- UPLAID

Just a noun. PLAID is a piece of woolen cloth, usually with a checkered pattern


PLAY -- UPLAY

While these are both verbs this does not work with PLAYED because the past tense of UPLAY is UPLAID


PLEAD -- UPLEAD

Both verbs, but it does not work with PLEADED because the past tense of UPLEAD is not upleaded. However the alternative past tense of plead does work to make the combination PLED -- UPLED


PLIGHT -- UPLIGHT

To make a solemn pledge. As well as all the verb tenses this also works with PLIGHTER and PLIGHTERS


PLINK -- UPLINK

To shoot at a tin can. Takes all the forms of the verb


PLOOK -- UPLOOK

This is just a noun. PLOOK is a Scottish word for a pimple and can also be spelled PLOUK, but that does not take a front hook.


PLYING -- UPLYING

This only works with the -ING extension of PLY. There uply or uplie are not words. This is only allowed in sentences such as "there is good exposure to the sun on all the uplying land". The verb DUPLY which is a Scottish word meaning to give a second replay in a court of law does make this good triple combination possible: PLYING -- UPLYING -- DUPLYING


PRAISE -- UPRAISE

The front hook works with all verb forms and also PRAISER and PRAISERS


PRATE -- UPRATE

This means to talk foolishly and it works with all verb forms


PREACH -- UPREACH

This works with all the verb forms but upreacher is not allowed


PREST -- UPREST

Although PREST is a verb meaning to lend only PREST and PRESTS take the front hook because it is UPREST which is a noun. It looks as though it is a verb meaning to rest up for a while but it is actually another word for an UPRISING


PRISE -- UPRISE

This takes all the verb forms including PRISER and PRISERS. The only exception is on the plural of PRISING because although UPRISINGS is a valid word, prisings is not


PROLL -- UPROLL

A verb meaning to prowl and the U can be hooked on all verb forms. There are alternative spellings of PROLE and PROUL whick do not take a front hook


PROSE -- UPROSE

Just the one option here because UPROSE is a past tense


To finish with there is one other example which is not really an UP word. The Asian tree called a UPAS makes a useful front hook for PAS. It may even get a challenge as well from someone who reasons it must be wrong because upa isn't a word


Happy Scrabbling

Patrick






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