The interest in the sound notes hiked so much that social media users started trending hashtags #TeamYanny and #TeamLaurel depending on what they heard.
A new audio clip features a robotic male voice speaking, but there's a global debate over what exactly he's saying. Is the voice saying "yanny", which isn't an actual word, or is it saying "laurel"?
But that doesn't necessarily explain why someone would hear the lower or higher frequencies.
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That's one word being spoken but with two interpretations.
Giving his verdict on the sudden popular audio clip, Alais said that for him and many others it's "100% Yanny" without any ambiguity.
That lack of ambiguity he says is probably down to two reasons: firstly his age. "The interesting thing about the word Yanny is that the second frequency that our vocal track produces follows nearly the same path, in terms of what it looks like spectrographically, as Laurel".
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Finally, everyone's hearing is different, and environment can have a lot to do with how you perceive sound.
JJ heard Yanny but thanks to his little brother Derek, he hears Laurel.
"Personal history can also give an unconscious preference for one or another". Bottom line is, both sides are right in the debate.but, in the mind of this writer, team yanny is just a bit more right. Determine which word you hear.
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For the record, the musician Yanni says he's certain which name it is.