Yanny or Laurel: You May Be Wrong

The origins of the viral audio clip have been identified, and half of us have heard it wrong.
Thursday 17 May 2018
Yanny or Laurel? You tell us. Photo: UNRESERVED

An unassuming audio clip has become the subject of heated debate as people argue about whether it says ‘yanny’ or ‘laurel’ or both.

The world is divided on this. So is the UNRESERVED office. Listen to it yourself.

We have news for you. It’s actually ‘laurel’, so whoever hears ‘yanny’ needs to chill. The original clip is from vocabulary.com, and it was recorded as ‘laurel’ (the kind of wreath made from leaves that people wore in ancient times). We tested it in the office – Team Yanny now hears ‘laurel’ loud and clear in the original clip.

Yanny or Laurel kicked off when a high school student in Georgia named Roland Szabo played the clip on his computer. His classmates couldn’t agree on which word they heard, so he posted an Instagram poll about it and shared it on Reddit.

The last debate of this kind happened with the ‘blue or white’ dress in 2015. Due to the individual way every person’s brain perceives colour, some saw the dress as blue with black lace, while others saw it as white with gold lace. (Sorry, but #rendanggate isn’t really a debate because rendang simply isn’t traditionally crispy; end of discussion.)

So tell us, are you Team Yanny or Team Laurel?

And now, here are reactions from celebrities who are just as baffled as you are.

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