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Maybe not, as some of the example usages in here, but it still has a negative feel to me. Is there some positive way that can be used instead?

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closed as general reference by MετάEd, Daniel, StoneyB, Matt E. Эллен, Kris Oct 3 '12 at 14:16

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Delete or close General Reference. Question answers itself in reference cited. – MετάEd Sep 3 '12 at 16:43
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It doesn't have negative connotations in itself.

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, and ended up the 16th president of the United States.

There are no negative connotations there.

If you keep that up, you'll end up in jail.

Here, there are no negative connotations from "end up" either. If we replaced "jail" with "the White House", it would be a positive sentence. "End up" has no bearing on the positive or negative connotations of a sentence.

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Thanks. I wonder though what is a more common usage/connotation? – Vic Sep 3 '12 at 14:45
"End up" is very common. – American Luke Sep 3 '12 at 15:54
Yes, but is it more used more common negatively or positively? – Vic Sep 4 '12 at 6:20
I really couldn't say. Between positive and negative, it's split fifty-fifty. It isn't really associated with positive or negative. – American Luke Sep 4 '12 at 13:11
I agree with Luke that "lack of planning" is not part of the connotaiton of this phrase. – GEdgar Oct 1 '12 at 21:33

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