Symbol objects represent names and some strings inside the Ruby interpreter. They are generated using the :name and :"string" literals syntax, and by the various to_sym methods. The same Symbol object will be created for a given name or string for the duration of a program’s execution, regardless of the context or meaning of that name. Thus if Fred is a constant in one context, a method in another, and a class in a third, the Symbol :Fred will be the same object in all three contexts.

   module One
     class Fred
     $f1 = :Fred
   module Two
     Fred = 1
     $f2 = :Fred
   def Fred()
   $f3 = :Fred
   $f1.id   #=> 2514190
   $f2.id   #=> 2514190
   $f3.id   #=> 2514190
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