Re: It has served me well
Perl shows its origin as an amalgamation of tools,
Unfortunately, Debian went politically correct at some point. If you pull one of the older versions - let's say Potato and execute dpkg --status perl you will see the Description as: "Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister".
Not far off. Any feature you can think of - it has it. And then some (provided the feature makes sense in a loosely typed language so if you are expecting brainf***, sorry generics, look elsewhere).
Pity they now have "Larry Wall's Practical Extraction and Report Language" instead. It sounds humourless and stale.