Here’s a thought that might make for an interesting discussion. How do you define these terms, and what is the difference between complete and finished?

My first thought, “complete” is when you have reached the goal and “finished” is when you stop working on that goal, complete or not.

What’s your definition?

In a recent linguistic competition held in London, England and attended by, supposedly, the best in the world, Samdar Balgobin, a Guyanese man, was the clear winner with a standing ovation that lasted over 5 minutes.

The final question was:

How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand? Some people say there is NO difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.

Here is his astute answer:

  • When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE.
  • When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED.
  • When the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!!!

Reportedly he won a trip to travel the world in style and a case of 25 year old Scotch.