Monday, July 28, 2014

The difference between "complete" and "finished."

From My InBox:

No dictionary has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between "complete" and "finished."
However, during a recent linguistic conference, held in London, England, and attended by some of the best
linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese linguist, was the presenter when he was asked to
make that very distinction.

The question put to him by a colleague in the erudite audience was this: "Some say there is no difference
between 'complete' and'finished.' Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand."

Mr. Balgobin's response: "When you marry the right woman, you are 'complete.' If you marry the wrong
woman, you are 'finished.' And, if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are 'completely finished.'"

His answer received a five minute standing ovation.

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