No dictionary has ever been able to define the difference between
"complete" and "finished."
However, in a linguistic conference, held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese was the
His final challenge was this:
Some say there is no difference between "complete" and "finished."
Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand.
His response was:
When you marry the right person, you are "complete." If you marry the wrong person, you are "finished;" and, when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are "completely finished."
His answer received a five-minute standing ovation.
My vocabulary is about 8th or 10th grade. My English usage is closer to 5th grade.
My last book, and I think my best, Finally Love, was proofed by a friend I met on the internet, on a forum I frequent. Bonnie volunteered to proof the book when Sherry said, “No more. I want to read the book and enjoy it.” Sherry is very good in English usage. She was a Beta Club member in High School and very sharp. But she loves to read, not proof, check and correct.
Bonnie was very good, and I think you that have read the book will agree. I learned from Bonnie and Sherry, but it did not increase my vocabulary.
I have had men work for me who had degrees who could not write a pass-down log to inform the oncoming shift where they were on the job. I am very disappointed in myself for not studying more, there are times I think of returning to school just to improve my own ignorance.
The degreed exception was was Kim Farr, he did not have to tell me that he was educated, I knew it. I had to drag the information out of him, as to where he had attended college. His only statement was.
“I worked my way thru a school in New Jersey. My fellow students were from wealthy families. Most of them bought their degrees by paying guys like me to write their papers and take tests for them. Men graduated ahead of me that I had done their work.”
Kim was much younger than I, he passed away last year. I had lost all contact with him until a mutual friend told us in a Christmas card. Kim was one likeable guy. I enjoyed his wit.
Thanks again for reading the log.
Life is good, no matter your age or education.
I just labeled this a beauty when I saw it. I know it is in the 1930’s. I want one!