I have just noticed that
x /. <|x -> 123|>
In other words, the association seems to behave as a rule. I didn't see any example or reference to this behavior in the ReplaceAll (/.) documentation. Is this undocumented? Is it OK to rely on this behavior?
While it may not make sense to use this for new code. It can be useful for simplifying to work needed to adapt old code to using associations.