That's apparently a jokey backronym
, but it's quite apt so it has persisted, helped along by the fact that the name "Perl" looks like an acronym. The story AIUI is that the desired name 'Pearl
' was already in use for another computer language, so the originator (Larry Wall
) damaged the spelling in a way that would keep the pronounciation the same. This has caused it to turn into a sort of shibboleth
which stupid people sometime use to bash perceived newbies, but what the hell. Try to ignore it.
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