Monthly Archives: October 2012

Complete vs. finished

                                            Complete vs. finished

I don’t know whether the following story is true or not.  It is floating around on the internet and is very clever.  It made me laugh, so I thought I would share it with the readers of wordsbybob.

No dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference
between COMPLETE and FINISHED. However, in a recent linguistic conference
held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the

Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese, was the clear winner.
His final challenge was this:  Some say there is no difference between
COMPLETE and FINISHED. Please explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand.

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Solopreneur — are you one?

Solopreneur was a word that came up at a recent seminar I attended.   It is not a term that I am very familiar with, although I am one.

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post about mompreneurs. Now it looks like a mompreneur is also a solopreneur.

As you might expect the definition of solopreneur is a businessperson who works alone–singlehandedly.

I wonder what other spin-off words there are from the root word entrepreneur.



Point blank may not be what you think

 Point blank is a term you hear  a lot in crime shows on television.  No matter whether in a made-up drama or just in conversation, this term is usually used incorrectly.

Most people think it means putting the muzzle of a gun right on the target to be shot.  This is point blank but there is more to the term.

What point blank means is that when the bullet is fired at the target there is no adjusting the elevation of the weapon used.  If a target is a long distance away, the shooter has to factor in how the bullet will drop slightly during flight.

We get the term point blank from the French.  Long ago, the center of a target was a small white circle. Since the French word for white is blanc, one strived to hit this white spot.

Funny signs

A couple of years ago, I posted on a funny sign I had actually seen.  It was a misspelled sign on a main road about a quarter mile from my house. I called the post  Sign fail or dude where’s my spellchecker?

Once, I saw it, I turned around and went back home to get my camera.  I have seen many funny signs on the internet, but this one was one I actually photographed.

Now two years later, I find a comment on my blog that someone discovered the real misspelled sign and posted it on their humorous website.   They did credit me and my blog as the originator of it, and I thank them for it.

This website has many funny signs and other humorous pictures.  It is called the Witty Octopus, so check them out.

I guess you never know where things are going to show up.



Serendipity — have you experienced it?

Serendipity is the word of the day

Serendipity means luck in making desirable discoveries by accident.  The accident is usually a happy one.  Some call it a pleasant surprise, like finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.

I had an example of this recently.  My blog about businesses coming and going on Loveland ( got a tip from a faithful reader about a new restaurant coming to downtown Loveland.

On a Friday, I called the Fort Collins location of this restaurant right before they closed to try to confirm that they were adding a Loveland location, and to get some details.

I have learned that calling a restaurant owner is tricky business. You want to catch them there but you sure don’t want to call at their busy time.  My call to the East Harmony location of Doug’s Day Diner found the owner unavailable since he was at Centennial, CO location.  I left my information and the  reason for my call with the nice (helpful) person who answered the phone.

Since this call took place on a Friday,  I waited for a callback but realized the owner is very busy. On the next Tuesday, I decided to call him in Fort Collins after the breakfast crowd was dwindling.

On that Tuesday morning, I started the day by stopping at the Daz Bog in Loveland that is located in Lincoln Place.  This is two doors away from the proposed location of Doug’s Day Diner.

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