Well-Mannered Grandmother Impresses Google

“Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you.” This is how 86-Year-Old, May Ashworth, conducts a google search.

On June 9th, 2016 Ben Eckersley, May’s grandson, opened his grandmother’s laptop to find this polite request and tweeted a picture of it to his followers.

The photo has been retweeted over 23,000 times and Ben has received countless messages and replies about how sweet and thoughtful his grandmother is. The tweet became viral almost instantly and it wasn’t long before Google became aware of the story.

When asked why his grandmother used Google this way Ben said, “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. She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker.”

Nan’s good manners have charmed users all over the world. It seems like “please” and “thank you” really are the magic words.

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