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Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language

by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on Aug 05, 2002 at 15:30 UTC ( #187698=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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The name "Perl" is older than the joke "Practical Extraction and Report Language". It's a "backcronym".


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Re: Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 25, 2003 at 02:09 UTC
    I think you mean "backronym" unless you have a Perl program that a cron job runs whos purpose is to determine back formations. I wonder if the military uses such things? backronym n. portmanteau of back + acronym A word interpreted as an acronym that was not originally so intended. This is a special case of what linguists call `back formation'. Examples are given under BASIC, recursive acronym (Cygnus), Acme, and mung. Discovering backronyms is a common form of wordplay among hackers.

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