Laurel or Yanny? This audio clip is driving the internet insane


Cape Town - There is an audio clip taking over the internet and dividing offices all around the world. Why do some people hear laurel and others hear yanny?

In the clip posted to Twitter, a robotic voice is heard saying a single word.

"I listened 10 times and can't figure out how anyone hears Laurel", said one Twitter user. Plz send help and also tell us what you hear in the comments down below.

Others can't be convinced that it's saying anything other than Yanny.

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Some people have generously manipulated the audio to change what word you'll hear.

She tweeted: "What do you hear?!". People who hear laurel are hearing a syllabic l in the second syllable, which has some similarities to the vowel sound at the end of yanny. But it's still most certainly "laurel". Kind of like an optical illusion, but with audio.

Maybe the great "Yanny or Laurel" debate of 2018 will see both of these names feature more prominently in next year's rankings. If the volume is turned down low, there's a higher chance one might hear "yanny" because the bass is not as prominent.

Remember the heated online debate over the colour - blue and black, or white and gold - of a dress? But some sharp-eared users pointed out that listening for the lower register yields in hearing the "Laurel".