According to Wikipedia there are around 400 million native English speakers
and 600 million people who have English as a second language. Should the
remaining ~5.5 billion humans be exluded from writing perl code just so that
we English speakers can understand all the code that is written?
So, you gladly invite the curse of semantic fixation.
As we will know exactly what are symbols and what is code, it should
even be possible to automatically perform L10N on source code, without
So stop being empirical!