Hi,

In message "Re: Quick question for Japanese speaker"
    on 03/01/16, "Hal E. Fulton" <hal9000 / hypermetrics.com> writes:

|But Yuki (aka "snow") tells me that Japanese people 
|are more likely to associate that with a certain
|kind of apple, and that perhaps I should use the
|katakana instead.

The apple was named after the gem.  Anyway, since we write Ruby as
Ruby even in Japanese, letters in Icon are just design.  FYI, we
pronounce Ruby as "Ru-bee" (stress on second syllable).

							matz.