So, fellow Grammarians. I submit the following for your consideration. It was posted in the women's restroom at our city's central library.
(Are you wondering why that photo looks so funkified? Well, it's because SOMEONE monkeyed around with the settings on my phone so he could take self-portraits like this one:
But we're not mentioning any names. Nope. Love covers.)
So, anyway. In case that first photo's a bit ambiguous, let me translate:
"OUT OF ORDER. DO NOT USE.
Facilities has been notified."
Except that someone (and I guarantee you, it wasn't the same someone who monkeyed with my phone) had taken up the pen of outrage and modified the sign to read:
OUT OF ORDER. DO NOT USE.
Facilities have been notified."
I really get my kicks, imagining a passive-aggressive battle unfolding between two prim librarians, both smug in their respective towers of Proper Grammar.
Tsk, tsk, my ignorant colleague; it's "Facilities HAVE!"
It's like the Wars of the Roses all over again (Ian and I just read about that infamous affair again; gosh, what a writhing mess of Richards, Henrys, and backstabbing Edwards). The Lancasters confidently assert that Facilities is an entity, an office, a singular body to be notified in the case of malfunctioning hand dryers. The Yorks rebut that no, Facilities ends with an "s," is a plural word, and therefore must always be treated as such.
Where do you stand on the issue, gentle readers?