Re: Bug in Perl man page
Ron Johnson <email@example.com> writes:
> On 11/25/06 00:46, Greg Folkert wrote:
>> Ron, please stop that urban legend. Perl is Perl not P.E.R.L as you
>> I have been corrected for saying that, by more than one Perl Monk, also
>> by Mr. Wall.
>> Perl is Perl. It has no meaning other than Perl.
> I guess I'd better file a bug against the perl package then.
> PERL(1) Perl Programmers Reference Guide PERL(1)
> perl - Practical Extraction and Report Language
It's a back-formation, as is "Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister"
(later in the man page). The language is actually named after "Pearl" but
since there was already a language named that, Larry Wall dropped the "a".
Since then, a few acronyms were made up to fit the letters.
Russ Allbery (firstname.lastname@example.org) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>