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.
Here is his astute answer: “When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. But, when you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!”
His answer was received with a standing ovation lasting more than five minutes and it entitled him to receive an invitation to dine with Queen, who decided to call him after the contest. He won a trip to travel around the world in style and a case of 25-year-old El Dorado rum for his answer.