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On Perl's "contractions"
in thread Legible or Obfuscated?
Right on. There's an amazing amount of natural language principles in Perl, including contractions and pronouns. I really enjoy reading Larry Wall's writing about Perl and the linguistic concepts he incorporated into the language, he has a great essay on his site about it:
Natural Language Principles in Perl.
I definitely know that I miss Perlish idioms in other languages, and I'm certain that I'm not the only one. Other languages are learning though, Java recently added a foreach loop in Java 1.5. :)