At the rec center near us, they have a system of sorts for when something’s out of order. If, say, a shower is not working, they post a sign. “Out of order” it says, “Parts were ordered” and then there’s a space to put the date when the parts were ordered, “Repairs will be complete” and another space for the date when things will be peachy keen again.
The subtext of the sign as it’s intended to be used goes something like this, “Hey, we’re sorry about the inconvenience, but we’re working hard on fixing it! See how soon things will be right? Have a nice day!”
However, they never never put the dates on the sign, so instead it reads, “Out of order. Parts were ordered. Repairs will be complete.”
Subtext: “Shut up and stop whining.”
Now, I’ve talked to the people behind the desk. I actually took them the handle from an elliptical trainer that fell of when I accidentally wrenched it free with my super-human strength. Ok, what really happened was that it popped off in the midst of my already shaky stride, causing me to stumble, be nearly vaulted across the room by the momentum of the machine, and scramble to my feet, smiling apologetically because HEAVEN KNOWS it’s wrong to look stupid at the gym. Anyhow.
I took the broken handle to the desk, and I have to say the FEELING behind the sign as it’s actually used? Yeah, that’s probably more accurate anyhow.