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Many people believe the name of the Perl language to actually be an acronym, which it is not. However, this belief is so common and the spelling in all-caps is so frequent that a retroactive acronym, otherwise referred to as a backronym, was created for it to satisfy the belief that an acronym existed. That retroactive acronym defines Perl as the "Practical Extraction and Reporting Language" which is probably as good an acronym as can be managed given the circumstances.

last updated 2007.09.24

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