A napkin that Delta Airlines was handing out led to some confusion as some flyers wondered exactly what the sentence meant.
Natalie Walker was on a Delta flight when she looked at the napkin, which read: “The world is better with you out in it.”
“This is distressingly easy to misread,” Walker wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture of the napkin.
Walker read the sentence as: “The world is better without you in it.”
This is distressingly easy to misread pic.twitter.com/RmenNP7kJB
— Natalie Walker (@nwalks) July 28, 2019
The photo went viral on Twitter, garnering over 265,000 “likes” and a slew of shares and comments.
“The sentence is weird by itself … who let this get past draft stages,” wrote one user.
“I misread it as THE WORLD IS BETTER WITH YOU OUT OF IT,” said another.
“They coulda just removed the word ‘out’ and it would be fine,” said another.
“Strange wording,” added another.
Even if you read it correctly it’s still awful phrasing ????
— Theresa Hannig (@t_matam_t) July 28, 2019
— G (@GWPtheTrilogy) July 28, 2019
I’m not alone! pic.twitter.com/djpCesIISH
— Dave Gooch (@davegooch) July 28, 2019
It is easy to misread only if your under the age of 5 years.
— Pete (@Pete00657637) July 29, 2019
Others disagreed that the sentence could be twisted, with one writing: “It is easy to misread only if your under the age of 5 years.”
Still others shared photoshopped versions of the napkin.
One read: “No one will miss you.”
i actually photoshopped this on my flight because my mother and i both misread it pic.twitter.com/DXQgiepiPI
— bekah (@bekaaaw) July 29, 2019
— David Noon (@davenoon1970) July 29, 2019
We see your point. Our hope was to celebrate people who go out and explore the world. This video probably says it better than a napkin. https://t.co/7zLN02hCuh
— Delta (@Delta) July 31, 2019
Delta later responded to the viral picture.
“We see your point. Our hope was to celebrate people who go out and explore the world,” a spokesperson stated.
“This video probably says it better than a napkin.”