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Re: improving the aesthetics of perl code

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 21, 2005 at 18:13 UTC ( #424090=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to improving the aesthetics of perl code

In addition to all the other good advice, I have one more thing to say. When you write "Perl" in all caps, it looks like you're shouting. Perl is not an acronym, even though people have had fun making up fakeronyms after the fact.
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Re^2: improving the aesthetics of perl code
by CloneArmyCommander (Friar) on Jan 21, 2005 at 21:57 UTC
    I believe I was told it is a "Retronym" ;). It was named Pearl because Larry thought it sounded neat, changed it to Perl shortly after finding an existing language named Pearl. Then, later he came up with Practical Extraction and Report Language (interestingly, the "and" works with the orignal name :). I believe that was the stroy I was told :).
      Yes, that's essentially what happened--except for the unfortunate fact that that's not what "retronym" means. Retronyms are things like "black and white TV", and "manual transmission", where the modifier merely tells you what "TV" and "transmission" used to mean all the time. Once you start looking for retronyms you find them all over the place: "dial telephone", "snail mail", "area rug", and pretty much "analog <anything>" these days. They're a lot of fun to think about.

      Unfortunately, there's no decent word that I know of for an acronym definition made up after the acronym. I believe the OED says "later rationalizations" about Perl's glosses. I think "fakeronym" is cute, but it seems like we should really make up an acronym for it. We could call it a LATE, but I don't know what that stands for yet... :-)

        backronym?
        Oh :). Makes sense :). Thanks for clearing that up :).

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