What I have found irritating about Perl is its TOTAL LACK OF READABILITY.... If you want proof, look at this:
my $msg = " spacey string ";
$msg =~ s/^\s+//;
$msg =~ s/\s+$//;
In a government course, I put together a phone survey where the querents asked people randomly selected from the phone book their opinion on made-up issues. We invented plausible but fictional decisions of the local government and pretended that they were true.
Thanks to the Internet, I no longer have to go to that much work to find ignorant opinions from people who've done no research. Also, English is impossible to read if you don't know the definition of the word "querent" in the previous paragraph. QED.