Well yeah, but aren't you just back to square one?
C:\test>perl -nwle"print $n = +(split)"
Use of implicit split to @_ is deprecated at -e line 1.
Name "main::n" used only once: possible typo at -e line 1.
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
Lingua non convalesco, consenesco et abolesco. -- Rule 1 has a caveat! -- Who broke the cabal?
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.