It is not too hard to explain the meaning of sigils in perl. It is not too hard to explain what brackets and curlies mean. The sigils give a clue of what each token is, and it is a feature of perl we all love. Why not propagate that appreciation to non-perl coders?
Anyways, if "the html whackers" don't grok that, they shouldn't probably touch embedded code at all - be it perl or some other language.
I agree, "code monkeys" should never even touch HTML 'cause if they can't grok the finner points of HTML, they're probably breaking stuff. Yes, I know devs who are far more brilliant than us, but they don't know HTML, yet need a way to interact w/ others when the need calls for it.
Language dependency does hold. I hope you aren't writing arithmetic formulas in English. Hell, any formula would make my eyes bleed. :)
Update: Dear God shoot me for my inability to use English so early in the morn. Added a comma here, spelled dependency right there.... righting? oi!