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  1. a high-level scripting language, originally created to help automate text processing, now used more broadly.
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Origin of Perl

coined in 1987 by Perl's creator, Larry Wall, U.S. computer programmer (born 1954)
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  1. a computer language that is used for text manipulation, esp on the Internet
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Word Origin

C20: from p (ractical) e (xtraction and) r (eport) l (anguage)
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