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Pig Latin words are not supposed to begin with consonants. flea becomes ea-flay and leaf becomes eaf-lay. If you use hyphens, you can create that distinction. If you don't want to use a visible character, though, insert a NUL. Oh, and since when does about become aboutway? I never heard of the 'insert a w' rule.
The preceeding code allows you to decode the string. While it does effect length(), a simple (?) work-around would be:
package PigLatin; use overload ( q{""} => sub { (my $str = ${ $_[0] }) =~ tr/\0//d; return $str; }, fallback => 1, ); sub to { my ($class,$word) = @_; $word =~ s/\b(qu|[^\W0-9_aeiou]+)?(\w+)/$1?"$2\0$1ay":"$2\0ay"/egi; bless \$word, $class; } sub from { my $word = substr ${ $_[-1] }, 0, -2; # $word has the \0 in it return join "", reverse split /\0/, $word; } 1;
This module would be used as so:
use PigLatin; $plain = "Practical Extraction and Report Language"; $funny = to PigLatin $plain; $reg = from PigLatin $funny;
length($funny) would be 50, but length($$funny) is 55, due to the 5 added NULs.


In reply to RE: RE: (3)Perl Golf (Pig Latin dialect + clever regexes) by japhy
in thread Pig Latin by vroom

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