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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • On re-reading the article, it was mentioned that the fact this would happen has been known for a while now, but it wouldn't hurt to cite an reference from then, would it? :-) According to the Perl Timeline []:

    The Oxford English Dictionary investigates the origin of the word "Perl" while considering it for an entry in the next edition. Perl will be included and the entry will resemble the entry below.

    Perl Brit.
    Perl, perl, irreg. PERL

    perl n. ,
    arbitrarily chosen for its positive connotations, with omission of -a- to differentiate it from an existing programming language called Pearl. Coined by Larry Wall in the summer of 1987; the program was publicly released on 18 December of that year. Acronymic expansions of the name (such as Practical Extraction and Report Language and Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister), though found in the earliest documention for the language, were formed after the name had been chosen. Coinage details confirmed by personal communication from L. Wall, May 2000. A high-level interpreted programming language widely used for a variety of tasks and especially for applications running on the World Wide Web. The form Perl is preferred for the language itself; perl is used for the interpreter for the Perl language. 1988 J. Vromans Perl Reference Card.

    Moreover, the OED is apparently written with Perl []. Neat-o...