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Complete vs. Finished June 21, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.

Tiara-CatNo dictionary has ever adequately explained the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.

At a recent linguistic conference held in London, England, attended by the best linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese, cleared up the confusion when he received this challenge:

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.

His astute answer:

When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. ย When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED.

And if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!

He received a standing ovation and an invitation to dine with the Queen.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source: e-mail from an unknown author (sent byย Granny1947)

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1. colonialist - June 21, 2013

What he so uttered is utterly so!

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

It is, indeed. Wise man with a real command of Queen’s English.

2. Pix Under the Oaks - June 21, 2013

๐Ÿ˜† Not what I expected but love it!

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

The best jokes always sneak up on us. ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. shreejacob - June 21, 2013

Totally sharing this! LOL!

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

Share away! ๐Ÿ˜†

4. SuziCate - June 21, 2013

Bwahahaha, best explanation EVER!

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

Word play can be such FUN. I wonder if he enjoyed tea with the Queen? ๐Ÿ˜›

5. Lisa A. Kramer - June 21, 2013

That is absolutely brilliant. I think I must share. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

Share, share, that’s fair. ๐Ÿ˜€

6. ericjbaker - June 21, 2013


nrhatch - June 21, 2013

Here’s to finding someone who “completes” us . . . without finishing us off. ๐Ÿ˜›

ericjbaker - June 21, 2013

The jury is still out on my better half.

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

If she made you Minster of Cupcakes . . . would that do the trick? ๐Ÿ˜›

7. Andra Watkins - June 21, 2013


nrhatch - June 21, 2013

Granny shares the best jokes. The image I sent you yesterday came from one of her e-mails. ๐Ÿ˜€

Andra Watkins - June 21, 2013

It was awesome, Nancy. I’m trying to decide how to use it in a blog post.

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

You’re clever . . . you’ll find a way to make us guffaw at you and MTM having a conversation at the Home Improvement store. ๐Ÿ˜†

8. Grannymar - June 21, 2013

Not sure about dinner with the queen, but I read about the rest of it before!

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

Before posting, I looked around on line and found several different versions ~ with different rewards and accolades offered.

9. sanstorm - June 21, 2013

That’s a good word puzzle. Somehow I get the feeling that complete is to do with a “round” feeling – all the pieces are in place, no matter how that came to be. “Finished” to me is more linear. The end of something.
My first thought was Christ’s last words on the cross : “It is finished.” I wonder if it exists in any translation as “It is complete”…

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

That’s an interesting distinction, sanstorm. I’m not sure it would hold true for everyone. For example, I would say:

* “I finished a jigsaw puzzle” (once I put the last piece in place)
* “I completed a marathon” (even though it was a linear race)

sanstorm - June 22, 2013

I think I would usually say “finished” in both cases…
ho hum
Still enjoying thinking about it!

nrhatch - June 22, 2013

That’s what I love about words . . . little nuances that make one a more perfect fit for the thought we’re thinking. ๐Ÿ˜€

10. diannegray - June 21, 2013

What a very clever man! ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - June 21, 2013

Yes! I googled his name to see if he actually exists . . . but the only thing I found was this play on words.

11. jannatwrites - June 27, 2013

True and hilarious!

nrhatch - June 27, 2013

Glad you enjoyed! I love having a place to share gems like this.

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