Laurel or Yanny? What we heard from the experts

Yanny or Laurel? The soundbite that has become Internet's latest dilemma

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That's the question as a short audio clip has sparked a social media debate about whether the word is "yanny" or "laurel".

We were discussing this in the KHQ Newsroom too and it seems like everyone is split.

"If you have a low quality of recording, it's not surprising some people would confuse the second and third resonances flipped around, and hear Yanny instead of Laurel".

So what exactly is going on?

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If Twitter were any indication, there are now two types of people in this world - those who hear "Yanny" and those who hear "Laurel". A post on Reddit that has gone viral has divided the netizens over what they hear from the clip.

The US Department of Defense made light of the controversy on its Twitter account, with a photo of a US Marine Corps instructor berating a recruit: "I said it's #Yanny, recruit, not #Laurel!".

It's also worth noting that people are expecting to hear either "yanny" or "laurel", which makes it more likely that they actually will hear one of those words and not something else.

What do you hear? And in case you have been wondering what was the actual word behind it was mean it was supposed to be pronounced as, the word would be "laurel".

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Introducing: the Yanny-Laurel debate that's fractured the internet. Both words share a U-shaped pattern, though they correspond to different sets of frequencies that the vocal tract produces, Story explains.

"It's partly because of different frequencies in the audio file", Goetz said.

"It is possible that that recording is altered to make some of those sounds ambiguous and our brain is left to fill in the blank", Geddes said.

Basically, if you hear "yanny", you're hearing acoustic information from a higher frequency. He adds that hearing is passive whereas listening is when people try to interpret what they have heard.

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Ms Feldman said in a video she was fielding multiple interview requests and searching for the original creator. "What's real to one person may not be real to another person".

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