So let's be the first ones to get our heads on straight and get rid of
this ridiculous concept. It is, IMHO, one of the worst ideas in the
history of the world...I'd really rather be reading perl regular
expressions than this.

On Fri, 7 Sep 2001, Rasmus Lerdorf wrote the following to Zeev Suraski :

> > Using obscure single character operators is simply something that we don't
> > do in PHP, it's totally inconsistent with the language.
> Except when it is a known and standard concept.  + % * etc.  Obviously not
> as well-known, but it is not a PHP-only magical character.  It is the same
> in C, C++, Perl, Python and Tcl.
> -Rasmus

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