jest writes: "A few months back we had a discussion about the putative addition of Perl to the Oxford English Dictionary, and I said at the time that though it had been drafted, it was not then in. I am happy to be able to announce that now (specifically, as of Thursday) Perl is in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Potentially relevant info includes that the form PERL is regarded as "irregular" (dictionary-ese for "wrong"); that the first known example is from a Usenet posting on 13 May 1987; that the form Perl is used for the language itself, with perl used for the Perl interpreter; that Larry Wall looked over the draft entry; and that the name comes from the word pearl with the -a- dropped to differentiate it from another language called PEARL, with the various acronymic expansions ("Practical Extraction and Report Language," etc.) being later rationalizations. "
perl -le "print+unpack'N',pack'B32','00000000000000000000001010011101'"
janitored by ybiC: Removed remaining stray accented chars, as per author's request