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NAME
       English - use nice English (or awk) names for ugly punctuation variables

SYNOPSIS
           use English qw( -no_match_vars ) ;  # Avoids regex performance penalty
           use English;
           ...
           if ($ERRNO =~ /denied/) { ... }

DESCRIPTION
       This module provides aliases for the built-in variables whose names no one seems to like to read.  Variables
       with side-effects which get triggered just by accessing them (like $0) will still be affected.

       For those variables that have an awk version, both long and short English alternatives are provided.  For exam-
       ple, the $/ variable can be referred to either $RS or $INPUT_RECORD_SEPARATOR if you are using the English mod-
       ule.

       See perlvar for a complete list of these.

PERFORMANCE
       This module can provoke sizeable inefficiencies for regular expressions, due to unfortunate implementation
       details.  If performance matters in your application and you don't need $PREMATCH, $MATCH, or $POSTMATCH, try
       doing

          use English qw( -no_match_vars ) ;

       .  It is especially important to do this in modules to avoid penalizing all applications which use them.



perl v5.8.8                       2001-09-21                        English(3)