Google has thanked an 86-year-old British grandmother who proved old-fashioned manners have a place in the modern world when she typed “please” and “thank you” in an internet search.
May Ashworth’s grandson Ben John found her laptop open and took a photo of the unusually polite online request. She was asking for a translation of the Roman numerals MCMXCVIII.
John, a 25-year-old from Wigan, has been retweeted more than 11,000 times. He 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,” he said.
Ask why did she search that? She searched that because British television shows use Roman numerals on their credits for the year the programme was made. Ashworth had seen them and wanted a translation into modern-day numerals, based on the Hindu-Arabic system.
Google UK thanked “Ben’s Nan” saying: “In a world of billions of searches, yours made us smile. “Oh, and it’s 1998,” it added. “Thank YOU”. How cute is that!