Thanks - I've done this already, but it's not explaining the supposed non-sensical ordering I see.
I've made some progress in the meantime however - it seems a problem with how exactly collate is done when LC_COLLATE = en_US.UTF-8 and not a Perl problem. But I'm still have to understand how it comes that a sort with this collation gives
instead of what I would feel as 'logical' to be
(Update): sorry, misplaced this answer, it should have been a reply to thundergnat's note
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