Issue #11390 has been updated by Sameer Deshmukh.


But it goes against the principle of least surprise that ruby follows throughout the language. It's counter-intuitive and IMO from a layman ruby programmer's point of view the solution you propose does not confirm to the elegance of the syntax.

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Feature #11390: Allow symbols starting with numbers
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/11390#change-53528

* Author: Sameer Deshmukh
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
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Currently it is not possible to create a symbol that looks like `:1twothree`.

Converting to a string and then symbolizing causes hash lookup problems and proves counter-intuitive. What's also surprising is that ruby allows symbols to start with special characters but not numbers.



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