Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Grandmother’s touchingly polite Google search goes viral

grandma-polite-google-search.jpg

One grandmother from Greater Manchester has just become the internet’s latest star, after her grandson tweeted a snap of her extremely polite searching history.

Ben Eckersley, 25, from Wigan, recently opened Google on his grandmother’s laptop to find that 86-year-old May Ashworth has been exchanging many a pleasantry with the search engine.

Sharing a photograph of Ashworth’s search for the meaning behind a group of Roman numerals, Eckersley noted how his grandmother has been using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in her search text.

Finding the touching use of good manners somewhat amusing, Eckersley tweeted a snap of the search, which reads: ‘Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you.’

The tweet has now had over 15,000 shares and more than 22,000 likes, with social media users the world over applauding Ashworth’s online manners.

“She just thinks that’s how it’s done,” Eckersley explains in an interview with Buzzfeed.

They say manners will see you far, and it turns out that in Ashworth's case, the same is true even when you’re talking to the Google bots. After picking up on the story, the team behind the search engine took to Twitter to reply to her directly (and also answer that initial query):

“Dearest Ben's Nan. Hope you're well. In a world of billions of Searches, yours made us smile. Oh, and it's 1998.  Thank YOU.”

Talking to CBC News, Ashworth says: “I feel a bit stupid really 'cause I did it that way. I thought, well somebody's put it in, so you're thanking them. I don't know how it works to be honest. It's all a mystery to me.”

Taking a guess as to why her good manners have resonated with people so widely, Ashworth puts it down to cultural changes in society which, perhaps, aren’t necessarily doing us good.

“The films [today] seem to be all nasty and explosions. So it might be in the back of [people's] minds, it's just something a bit calming or soothing... I don't know,” she says.

“I'm old enough to have gone through from the war to now… I was born in 1930, and you can imagine, there's been so much change in the world all that time.

“But I don't know if it's for the better or not.”

Naturally, Eckersley and Ashworth are celebrating in the only way that’s proper; with a good cup of tea.

 

Related

iStock_83744213_LARGE.jpg

This bookshop prints your novel in the time it takes to drink a coffee

keepkissing-orlando-twitter.jpg

#KeepKissing: the Twitter movement that’s using love to conquer hate

opener_hands_rt.jpg

How a new generation are redefining marriage

iStock_21785723_LARGE.jpg

The five golden rules of dining like the French

beehivehair.jpg

An ode to the beehive as its creator dies aged 98

thumbs.JPG

These talking thumbs perfectly sum up life as a female filmmaker

cd.JPG

Being friends with your ex on Facebook is bad for your mental health

main_rt.jpg

The catastrophically sunless summer of 1816

iStock_88711917_XXLARGE.jpg

Facebook rolls out suicide prevention feature worldwide

Comments

More

Inside Nepal’s forced marriage revolt

When love and tradition collide

by Corinne Redfern
23 Feb 2017

Demi Lovato on her mental health documentary: “I’m bipolar and proud”

The singer opened up about her new mental illness documentary to Ellen DeGeneres.

by Moya Crockett
23 Feb 2017

Are you ready for the UK’s national gin festival?

With over 100 gins to try, we imagine it will be quite the tonic…

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Feb 2017

The rising stars of food and drink making waves in 2017

Load up your palettes with purple food and Mexican spirit

by Amy Swales
23 Feb 2017

Stop what you're doing and try these Crème scotch eggs

They’re a chocoholic’s dream come true…

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Feb 2017

Why you’ll be seeing red X’s everywhere on Facebook today

It’s all to raise awareness of modern-day slavery.

by Moya Crockett
23 Feb 2017

Five ways to get on top of your decision anxiety

A hypnotherapist explains.

23 Feb 2017

Secret Life of Five Year Olds: The incredible life lessons we learned

From feminism to single-shaming

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Feb 2017

Are you ready for the ultimate gin and gingerbread masterclass?

Lessons take place in a luxury spa, if that helps to seal the deal…

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Feb 2017

This is officially the best place to live in the UK

And, surprise surprise, it isn’t London…

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Feb 2017