| Perl actually stands for Pathologically Eclectic
Rubbish Lister, but don't tell anyone I said that.
-- (BUGS section of "perldoc perl")
Here is my theory.
Perl is a list-oriented language. Widely known and
(un)popular languages like VB, Pascal, C (and derivatives)
generally are not. Therefore the list-oriented features
of Perl tend to be downplayed by both authors and
programmers, leading to much confusion.
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