Patrick Cox

Language Editor

At The World, I switch between editing and reporting, broadcasting and podcasting, in-depth series and tweeting, the US and the UK.  Words connect what I do. On a good day, those words are English and intelligible.

Since 2008, I have been running The World's language desk and hosting a podcast called The World in Words

Before I became the newsroom's "Lingo Boy" (thanks, people), I reported on politics and culture for The World. I also reported and edited several series. Before that, I went to grad school in California.  I have also lived in Alaska, Oregon, Denmark, Moldova and the UK. London is my home town.

Because of my job. some people mistakenly take me to be some kind of linguistic expert. My spelling and grammar are terrible. But I do speak Danish as well as English, plus bad Chinese and French. I can read menus and follow soccer commentary in several other languages.

Recent Stories

Arts, Culture & Media

We love fairy tales — maybe we'd love them more if they were translated right

If you think you know the story of Snow White, or Hansel and Gretel or any of the Grimm brothers' fairy tales, think again. You probably know the cleaned-up, Disney versions. Author Adam Gidwitz returns to the blood and gore of the original stories in his retelling of them, while adding his own contemporary comments to help ease the tension for kids.

Arts, Culture & Media

English might not have become quite so popular, if a 17th-century poet had his way

Back in the 17th century, there was a move to create rules for English, based on Latin. The man behind it, poet John Dryden, thought that Shakespeare and others had turned English into an unruly mess. Dryden failed to establish an English "academy" to impose rules. And that failure may have helped make English the worldwide language it is today.