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    ''No fixed address''


    Hi,


    This is the headline of and article in a today's newspaper and I wonder what is the real meaning of it, please.

    The article talks about the lack of numbers displayed on the front of many properties in the city of Toronto and the decision of fixing the problem and demanding that the owners put the number on the buildings facade.


    My doubt is: Does ‘’fixed address’’ mean ‘’repaired address’’, a reference to the fact that the address is ‘’broken’’ because there is no visible number
    on the building or… does ‘’fixed’’ mean the same as ‘’permanent’’, ‘’still’’, ‘’that doesn’t move’’?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 31-Dec-2008 at 14:01.

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    Re: ''No fixed address''

    fixed, to assign or refer to a definite place, time, etc.

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    Re: ''No fixed address''

    The headline 'No Fixed Address' is also, it seems, a pun on NFA, no fixed abode, which is the designation given to homeless people.

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    Re: ''No fixed address''

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    fixed, to assign or refer to a definite place, time, etc.
    Hi,
    Happy New Year!
    Do you mean that fixed address is an address that doesn't change, please?
    Is it natural English to say that I have a fixed phone line to mean a land line?
    Thanks.
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    Re: ''No fixed address''

    Is it natural English to say that I have a fixed phone line to mean a land line? Yes it is.

    Happy New Year to you too.

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