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Re: Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language

by mothra (Hermit)
on Aug 02, 2002 at 13:16 UTC ( #187078=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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And for your first lesson: it's Perl or perl, but never PERL.


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Re: Re: Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 05, 2002 at 08:24 UTC
    I know this is off-topic, but.. I have always wondered about why we're not allowed to say PERL. After all, Perl stands for Practical Extraction and Report Language? So why not PERL?
      The name "Perl" is older than the joke "Practical Extraction and Report Language". It's a "backcronym".


        I think you mean "backronym" unless you have a Perl program that a cron job runs whos purpose is to determine back formations. I wonder if the military uses such things? backronym n. portmanteau of back + acronym A word interpreted as an acronym that was not originally so intended. This is a special case of what linguists call `back formation'. Examples are given under BASIC, recursive acronym (Cygnus), Acme, and mung. Discovering backronyms is a common form of wordplay among hackers.
      <quote movie="Highlander"> It's tradition. No one will violate that rule. </quote>

      Sorry, couldn't help myself...

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