Today I noticed that someone said on Twitter that they were “drafting up a screenplay contract for legal revisions” (emphasis added).
That sent me to Google, where the search ["drafting up" contract] resulted in 4,090 hits . The search ["draft up" contract] resulted in 12,900 hits, but they included a greater proportion of irrelevant results, such as “You screwed this draft up.” But in any event, adding up to forms of the verb to draft is sufficiently commonplace to be worth noting.
This usage is an example of the urge to tack prepositions on to verbs. For some reason, up is particularly conducive to this:
- “Wait up,” pleaded Larry.
- “Listen up, everyone!,” yelled Lucy.
- “We’ll spend the next two weeks training up for the match,” said Barry.
I suspect that most listeners would acknowledge that in these examples, the up is extraneous, although established in casual speech. Over time the up might well become more firmly entrenched, as it is in the phrase “Hurry up!”
If you know of any discussion of the urge to add prepositions, please let me know.