In vim we can use the
\zs atom to say "really begin the match right here":
Is there an equivalent for sed or even perl?
In Perl (and PCRE) this is achievable with a zero-width lookbehind:
which matches "funnyword", but doesn't consume it as part of the match. These only work with fixed-length text in the lookbehind. You can also use negative lookbehinds (
(?<!...)) to specify that some text isn't there.
In any reasonably recent version of Perl,
\K is almost an exact substitute for
\zs as you're using it:
\K discards everything matched so far but continues matching from that point onwards. The part before
\K doesn't have to be fixed-length. This is also in PCRE now, but I'm not sure what version it came in.
\ze can be achieved with a zero-width lookahead instead, using
(?=...). That pattern doesn't need to be fixed-length.
sed -e 's/\(funnyword\).*$/\1otherword/'
You can do the same for positive lookahead. If you really have a more complicated requirement you may have to look to Perl or some other approach.