Friday, December 15, 2017

Upset = Set Up

Frustrated Business Woman

I love to play with words. Whenever I discover a new word, or contemplate an old one for a blog, I first head to the etymology of the word. I check the root which is often Latin and which I studied in high school. But sometimes I look at the word and break it apart and mix it up just to see what new meanings emerge.

Take the word “UPSET”. It’s really two words – UP and SET. Or if you mix it up, “SET UP”. And that’s usually why we are upset – we have been set up or have set ourselves up with an expectation, an assumption, a belief. Next time you are upset, ask yourself what you have set up for yourself or what you have allowed others to set up for you. You will probably find that it was all in your head and that the resolution to your upset is simply a matter of setting up your thoughts differently.


4 Responses to “Upset = Set Up”
  1. Carole says:

    Also forms “steup(s)” which is what one should do – steups and move on!

  2. Marguerite Orane says:

    ha ha ha! And for my blog readers who don’t speak Jamaican, “steups” is that sound we make aka “kiss/suck teeth” when we totally disapprove and have had enough! There are many versions of “steups” – snort, long, drawn out, multi-syllabic. They all mean the same thing – you upset me? Steups …. later for you – I am on my way




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