in reply to Regex from Learning Perl
- a literal "y"
- any single character not being a newline (save this in \1), in this case an 'a' is matched
- any single character not being a newline (save this in \2), in this case a 'b' is matched
- Match whatever is in \2, i.e. a 'b'
- Match whatever is in \1, i.e. an 'a'
The match succeeds on yabba
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