Queen’s English

Courtesy: Srinivas, my IIM-B Classmate

No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the
difference between the words COMPLETE and FINISHED.

However, in a recent linguistic conference supposedly held in London,
England and attended by some of the best linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese,was the clear winner…

His final challenge was this:

“Some say there is no difference between the meaning of the words “COMPLETE” and “FINISHED”.

Please explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand.”

Here is his 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 over 5 minutes
and it entitled him to receive an invitation to dine with the Queen. His
answer prompted her to call him after the contest.

Courtesy: Srinivas, my IIM-B Classmate


Vijay Srinivasan
25th May 2013


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