By Mr. Horsley's logic, English (or any other natural language) is a "write-only language" because there are so many ways of saying things. That's only true if you only learn one way of saying things, or a small sub-set of the vocabulary. Then you can't understand what someone else is saying, if s/he chooses to use a different phrase. It seems this is more an admission of an inadequate understanding of Perl, than a defect in the language. Perhaps it's better that Mr. Horsley *not* promote Perl, if this is true.