You are assigning the return value of chomp() to $_ ... and chomp() returns
whatever it chomped off the end of the string, not the chomped string.
updateMy bad ... chomp() returns the number of characters
chomped off --- it seems Text::Bastardize has a problem with digits
and hangs, at least that's what I get with this example:
my $latin = Text::Bastardize->new();
$latin->charge('blah 10 ');
seems like a bug in Bastardize to me.