in reply to Perl Etymology, a Recondite List

There are the two traditional expansions

It's worth noting that these are retronyms backronyms. That is, they were coined after Perl was already named. I'm sure you already knew that, but some readers of this thread might not.

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Re^2: Perl Etymology, a Recondite List
by jdporter (Canon) on Oct 08, 2004 at 19:57 UTC

      Ah, yes. It seems retronym is a word, but the wrong one. From

      retronym, n.
      A word or phrase created because an existing term that was once used alone needs to be distinguished from a term referring to a new development

      Backronym is indeed the correct word here.

Re^2: Perl Etymology, a Recondite List
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Feb 28, 2006 at 21:43 UTC

    Note that Larry explains that “Perl” was intentionally meant to generate backronyms.

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