Tiago Costa

Internet entrepreneur and triathlete (Ironman Finisher). Founder of WayNext – digital agency and other companies. Blogging for myself, this is not the agency voice. Welcome!

How important is it to write correctly on your mother tongue?


With the advance of the digital age it seems that more and more written content is being created every second. As of this writing,  Youtube is claiming 48 hours of video being upload per minute, but I guess billions of characters are being keyed in every minute in all kind of connected devices (emails, sms’s, blog posts, status updates, webpages you name it).

I find it very awkward that so many people often commit huge spelling errors (and I don’t mean typos) while writing in their mother tongue. I know this blog is not written in perfect English and perhaps a native speaker would feel the same way I feel when I read stuff written in Portuguese, mainly on social networks, that is so poorly written (in terms of grammar and even more shocking, in terms of spelling).

And this seems to be more of a problem with mine and also younger generations, because older people, even those that didn’t went to high school or university (and there are a lot of them) seem to be able to write better than many highly educated 20/30-something.

Considering writing is still one of the primary forms of communication, more effort into correct spelling and grammar should be put in, because it really leaves an impression about who you are. And for this I am thankful for my parents being so merciless when it came down to writing correctly.

Author: Tiago Costa

Internet entrepreneur, Ironman Finisher and kitesurfer. Founder of WayNext – web agency and other companies. Blogging for myself, this is not the agency voice.

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