Just to add to my confusion of the whole thing- when looking this comedy series up, it said that the plot was about somebody renting out a basement apartement. So the ”up-down” concept can also refer to rooms below street-level?
My English teacher back in primary school made a clear distinction, I remember, she said a cellar is a place for storage and stuff, this is not for people. A basement on the other hand is set up as a living space.
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”
I should clarify that the phrase up/down in terms of rooms was known to me, just not the original one up two down as mentioned in the opening post - the reason I questioned the lyrics which as I said read two up two down. I've never seen a one up two down set up - seems out of proportion in a building sense. All the other configurations mentioned in the thread seems feasible. I don't even see examples of one up two down on google - are such set ups rare?
I'm still not getting it proportion wise. Does it mean one huge bedroom up and a living room and kitchen below? If so, why the need for a huge bedroom and not two? Don't even think I've seen a bedroom bigger than any living room. From a construction point It just seems a strange combination. You would imagine the space upstairs would be utilised to the full by creating another room.