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An 25-year-old Englishman opened his grandmother’s laptop to find, perhaps, the most polite Google search in history.

His grandmother, May Ashworth, asked the search engine to translate Roman numerals to Arabic for her with a “please” and “thank you.”

“She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker,” her grandson, Ben Eckersley, told the BBC.

Social media went wild over the search with over 50,000 likes and 36,000 retweets of Eckersley’s post, but Ashworth said she was slightly embarrassed by it.

“I feel a bit stupid really ’cause I did it that way,” she told CBC News. “I thought, well somebody’s put it in, so you’re thanking them.”

Google and Google UK loved it.

As did many others.

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Some thought her politeness might come in handy for self preservation purposes in the sci fi future.

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