Google praises 86-year-old grandma for very polite internet searches

  • Ben John found his grandma’s laptop open and took a photo of the unusually polite request while doing a search in Google
  • May Ashworth, 86, was asking for a translation of the Roman numerals MCMXCVII and adding “please” and “thank you”
  • Google is much happy with how Ashworth had phrased her question and tweeted, “In a world of billions of searches, yours made us smile”

WIGAN, England – Internet giant Google showed their appreciation for a British grandma for being so polite while using the search engine as she types “please” and “thank you” in an internet search.

Oliver Holmes mentioned in his article for The Guardian that Ben John found his grandma’s laptop open and took a photo of the unusually polite request while doing a search on Google.

The grandma, 86-year-old May Ashworth, was asking for a translation of the Roman numerals MCMXCVII and adding “please” and “thank you”.

“Omg opened my Nan’s laptop and when she’s googled something she’s put ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. I can’t (smiley),” said Ben on his Twitter account which is now retweeted by more than 34,000 times.

An article by BBC News said Ben and his boyfriend do not have a clothes dryer so they decided to go to Ashworth’s house for their laundry.

“I asked my nan why she used ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and it seemed she thinks that there is someone – a physical person – at Google’s headquarters who looks after the searches,” Ben narrated.

“She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker,” he added.

Ashworth had seen the Roman numerals on the credits of British television for a program. The grandma wanted to translate the Roman numerals to modern-day Hindu-Arabic numbers.

Google is much happy with how Ashworth had phrased her question and tweeted: “In a world of billions of searches, yours made us smile.”

“Oh, and it’s 1998. Thank YOU”, Google added.

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