A grandmother’s polite Google searches will brighten up your day


People all over the world use Google to search for things and it plays and important part in many people’s lives.

Most of us are pretty direct with our searches and don’t bother with please or thank you.

However it appears that 86 year May Ashcroft from Wigan in the UK may just be a little bit different.

A recent request by the grandmother read: “Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you.”

Her grandson, Ben Eckersley tweeted a photo of the request and it has so far been retweeted nearly nine thousand times.

Ben saw his nan’s request when he noticed that she hadn’t turned her computer off.

Ben revealed that his grandmother liked to know when TV programmes were made and the search was relating to this.

Ben thought that the request was funny but it has now been seen by thousands of people with many expressing how much they love it.

Mr Eckersley explained that his nan doesn’t use her laptop much. “She goes to a silver surfers’ club at the local library to learn about computers and the internet, but she hardly ever uses her laptop. 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.”

On top of the social media users it seems that Google UK were also impressed and sent May a note saying: “In a world of billions of searches, yours made us smile.” It seems that Mr Eckersley and his nan may be coming minor celebrities with several requests for interviews coming their way.


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