“Complete” vs. “Finished”

A linguistics professor was asked to explain the difference between the words complete and finished.


“Well, when you marry the right woman,” he explained, “you are complete. But, when you marry the wrong woman you are finished. And,” he added ominously, “if the right woman catches you with the wrong woman, you are completely finished.” ~Anonymous (edited by me)

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26 Responses to “Complete” vs. “Finished”

  1. Even the wisdom of Proverbs could not top those words.🤣

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  2. so you never want to be completely finished …

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  3. Surely a classic! A laugh a day is always helpful to living a good life, and you’ve given me mine today. Thank you!

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  4. blahblahblahjm says:



  5. anitashope says:

    Awesome. Thank you for the truth and the chuckle.

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  6. revruss1220 says:

    Excellent. In that case, I am COMPLETE.

    Not to elevate the discussion unnecessarily, but I have sometimes heard Jesus’ last words on the cross rendered as “It is COMPLETE,” rather than “It is FINISHED.”

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Yes. The Greek word can be translated either way. I’ve heard that particular form of the word was stamped on legal documents when a debt was considered paid in full.


  7. map195 says:

    good one mitch


  8. Thanks for the smile at the end of a very long day.

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  9. And then the completely finished product is handed over without remorse since the owner finds no further value in it.

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  10. Thanks for a great start to my day!


  11. Thank you. It was just on a lighter note.
    Today I have posted my first blog. Have expressed my views on a current topic. Hope you like it and share it if possible. Please feel free to comment, as it would serve as a guidance to me.

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  12. Seems like words to live by.

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  13. themeonnblog says:

    That’s about right 😂🤣

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  14. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Yes, keep it simple and just complete without complications.



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