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add \s+ to your regex to split on a space
perl -MData::Dumper -e 'print Dumper split /\s+/, shift' "do cat fr"
my @words = split/\s+/, $word;
Yes, like that if your input is split's default arugment $_. Or in your case:
my @words = split/\s+/,$word;
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