I don't intend to be offensive, but your reply is a good demonstration of the main problem that occur in language wars. The problem is - take a small but visual feature of the language, and bash it to death, without knowing the language enough. It's what makes people barf at Lisp's parens, which after some experience actually prove to be quite natural and harmless.
It's also what makes people laugh at Perl - mainly the syntax, the punctuation and all our beloved $_, $', $$ variables.
You should just take a look what comp.lang.lisp mostly thinks about Perl. Gosh... such a load of crap, it aches my eyes to read some of those posts. And what do they focus on ? Mostly "ugly syntax", and mostly on Perl as a "imperfect glue". Looks like the people are still in the early 90-s, when Perl wasn't yet used for full-blown applications "on their own".
So, don't be quick to judge a language by its appearance. I assure you, the parens no more make Lisp bad than Perl's syntax makes Perl bad.
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