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So what IS the origin of "Perl"?
You state that Perl is a made-up name. In "Learning Perl" (Schwartz & Christiansen, O'Reilly) the authors state that Larry Wall endorses both "Practical Extraction and Report Language" and "Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister". So, if both of those are merely backfitted acronyms, where DID the name Perl come from? Curious Perlers want to know!