"Going up to London." Why on earth...?
February 17, 2006 4:04 PM Subscribe
"Going up to London." I'm interested in the history of this phrase ...
posted by Sonny Jim to Writing & Language (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It seems to be used particularly in the context of someone attending Oxford or Cambridge Universities, as in "I was bored and lonely at Cambridge, and went up to London as much as I could." Only, London's south of (down from) Cambridge.
So, what I'm wondering is, (1), why "up," rather than "down;" (2), is this still a current usage, or is it pretty much antiquated; and (3) is there a corollary, i.e. "going down to Oxford/Cambridge" from London and other parts south?