Another thing, Perl is the "Practical Extraction and Reporting Language"
Please be aware that the name "Perl" is not an acronym.
"Perl" is the name of the language. Only the "P" is capitalized.
The name of the interpreter (the program which runs the Perl script) is "perl" with a lowercase "p"
... But never write "PERL", because perl is not an acronym.
Larry originally chose the name "Perl" -- after going through
every single word in the dictionary! -- arbitrarily for its positive
Actually, he originally chose "Pearl", but
that name was already taken
So your "Practical Extraction and Reporting Language" is
invented after Larry had already chosen the name.
One source for this is the
draft Oxford English Dictionary entry
Perl, perl, irreg. PERL
perl n. ,
arbitrarily chosen for its positive connotations, with omission of
-a- to differentiate it from an existing programming language called
Pearl. Coined by Larry Wall in the summer of 1987; the program was
publicly released on 18 December of that year. Acronymic expansions of
the name (such as Practical Extraction and Report Language and
Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister), though found in the earliest
documention for the language, were formed after the name had been
chosen. Coinage details confirmed by personal communication from L.
Wall, May 2000. A high-level interpreted programming language widely
used for a variety of tasks and especially for applications running
on the World Wide Web. The form Perl is preferred for the language
itself; perl is used for the interpreter for the Perl language.