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Ruby Backreference Pattern Matching for the Brain-Dead

[code lang="ruby"]
irb(main):001:0> "capture to here!  leave this off".gsub(/(.*\!).*(\s+.*)$/, "\\1 and \\2")
=> "capture to here! and  off"

I looked in my Pickaxe, I looked in various tutorials, but this simple little thing hung me up more than many other Ruby questions I’ve had over the years.