> What does the acronym for PERL "Practical Extraction and ReportingWikipedia introduction to the notion of "acronym" might well be
> Language" mean?
adequate, but I haven't looked at it.
It's "Perl" or "perl" you want, not "PERL".
From perldoc perlfaq1:
What's the difference between "perl" and "Perl"?
One bit. Oh, you weren't talking ASCII? :-) Larry now uses "Perl" to
signify the language proper and "perl" the implementation of it, i.e.
the current interpreter. Hence Tom's quip that "Nothing but perl can
parse Perl." You may or may not choose to follow this usage. For
example, parallelism means "awk and perl" and "Python and Perl" look
OK, while "awk and Perl" and "Python and perl" do not. But never write
"PERL", because perl is not an acronym, apocryphal folklore and post-
facto expansions notwithstanding.
The quoted phrase is a retrofitted expansion, as the 'faq