Charles Oliver Nutter wrote:
> Fair enough if Symbols are more like Strings that have identity, but 
> what of the narrowing of String's abilities in the Symbol subclass? If 
> Symbol "is a" String, why will so many of String's methods be 
> immediately unavailable?

 From a standpoint of the number of String methods available,  it looks 
like :abc will be similar to "abc".freeze.

-- Jim Weirich