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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Maybe this is me being ethnocentric (with a mix of naivete), but why can't we standardize on one language? Is spoken language like programming languages in that regard, where some tasks are better done in C++, some in Perl, and some in Assembly?

    I won't be so naive to suggest that English be the standard language - after all, Spanish is more widely spoken than English.

    I can sympathize with the loss of a language, but I suggest that Darwin's Rule of "Survival of the Fittest" applies. The outgoing langua

    • IMHO, it is precisely that way.

      Certain words in certain languages require whole paragraphs in other languages to accurately describe.

      The old saw of "forty words for snow" holds true in certain places. Some cultures that don't require/have advanced color needs have, say, three words for the entire color spectrum. Definition of various concepts in languages varies.

      Finally, certain aesthetics are nice to have. English has a certain sound, and it's radically different from, say, French or German. If you've ever heard a love poem recited in German, you know what I'm talking about. :)

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