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  • Italian - signature. It does not mean firm as in company (azienda, ditta) or as in solid (solido, rigido) or as in fixed (fermo).

    Delivery dude: Salve! Your new mattress has arrived.
    Householder: Do I need to sign for it?
    Delivery dude: Yes. It's a very good one. Our firm guarantees top quality.
    Householder: I'm so excited; I've always wanted a firm mattress.
    Delivery dude: I'm very happy for you. Do you think we can work another meaning of firm into this phoney conversation?
    Householder: I've a firm mind to do so.

    April 14, 2009