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Re^3: Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture

by Fletch (Chancellor)
on Feb 11, 2005 at 16:38 UTC ( #430167=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture
in thread Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture

That's really quite a silly thing - since it is an acronym after all . . .

You obviously didn't read the FAQ in question:

But never write "PERL", because perl is not an acronym, + apocryphal folklore and post-facto expansions notwithst +anding.

Besides, to paraphrase Data: One is the language's name, the other is not. If you're not going to be correct then you might as well call it "Throat-Warbler-Mangrove" (although one might tire of typing /usr/bin/Luxury-Yacht -e ... all the time).

Trek and Python (Monty) references; if only I could work in Tolkein for the hat trick . . .

Update: Bah, Corrected link to the TNG quotes page.

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Re^4: Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture
by melora (Scribe) on Feb 11, 2005 at 16:47 UTC
    Of course, the difference between Perl and PERL is hard to distinguish aurally. Please don't flame or -- me; this is just humor. Sick, yes, but humor nevertheless.
Re^4: Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture
by RazorbladeBidet (Friar) on Feb 11, 2005 at 16:53 UTC
    In fact I did read the FAQ. If it's not an acronym, it sure is a coincidence.

    Note the abstract is "Practical Extraction and Reporting Language". Isn't that an "official" statement?

    But I really don't want to argue about this. I'll go back to my first statement that it's all quite silly. So, I concede to you all who say Perl and not PERL. I will remain "outside of the know" :)

    [exit stage left]

      This isn't an argument, it's just contradiction.

      (Carp, that's still Python . . .)

      As hardburn points out below, that was a retronym backronym coined after the language was named. If you read chapter 27 of the Camel it gives the full history of where "Perl" came from (and where the "A" for "And" went).

      Update: Bah, bacro- not retro-. I'm going back to bed.

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