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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Never mind his shocking perl, what about his butchering of perhaps the most well known poetic form in the English language?

    I refer, of course, to the Limerick. On his web site he has this:

    I know a monger named Wall
    who always peddles his Perl
    if he had any grasp
    he would just LISP
    Wall's nothing but a troll
      --Xah Lee, 2000-02

    There's lots of problems here. First of all, Wall, Perl and troll don't rhyme. Nor do grap and LISP. And then there's the metre - there's one missing syllable in the first li

    • There's a more serious problem.

      Years ago, at dinner with a bunch of mongers, the subject turned to Lisp. Larry said something like (I paraphrase):

      Common Lisp is a great language. Except for the lack of syntax.
      So much for Larry just using Lisp if only he were smart enough. ;-)