Google thanks grandmother for polite searches

Daniel Uria

WIGAN, England, June 16 (UPI) -- Google UK's Twitter account reached out to a grandmother after her grandson shared a photo of her "polite" Google searches.

Ben John tweeted a photo of his grandmother May Ashworth's Google search which read, "Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you."


John was taken aback by the polite way his grandmother interacted with the search engine.

"Opened my Nan's laptop and when she's googled something she's put 'please' and 'thank you'," he wrote.

Ashworth's polite search habits quickly captivated the internet's attention and eventually led Google UK's Twitter account to send John a response.

"Dearest Ben's Nan. Hope you're well. In a world of billions of Searches, yours made us smile," they wrote.

In addition to the well wishes Google also thanked Ashworth and gave her a response to the question she posed in her famous search.

"Oh, and it's 1998," they wrote. "Thank YOU."

John told the BBC that he asked Ashworth the reasoning behind her well mannered search habits and she said she hoped it would speed up the search time.

"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," he said. "She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker."

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