The reason you hear 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'

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

And, in the words of Houston Texan JJ Watt, "Yanny vs. Laurel is starting some real fights", as social media users continue to debate which name they heard.

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

From the people KLTV polled today in Smith County, 30% said they heard "Yanny" and 70% heard "Laurel".

So now we ask, what do you hear, Laurel or Yanny?

The clip came from vocabulary.com as a pronunciation for the word laurel. But in the studio, all he hears is "Laurel".

"If you hear Yanny and not Laurel I don't trust you", user Quincy Quarter-Zips tweeted.

But besides "Yanny" and "Laurel", Chinese ears are hearing other terms such as "yaurel" and "yanrel". Now offices are exploding in amusing arguments, and social media is consumed.

Whichever word you hear in the recording, the speech scientists both say you shouldn't worry: "It's totally OK to hear what you are hearing", Kothare said.

Jody Kreiman, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Linguistics at UCLA, said listeners would normally have "semantic context" to interpret what they are hearing.

According to The Verge, the audio clip is similar to an optical illusion called "Rubin's Vase", where some people see two face profiles, while others see the shape in between them that looks like the vase.

Is this going to tear us all apart?

"It just depends on the audio and the equipment that you're using", he said. Now that the brain is primed to cut through the noise, you will probably be able to hear: "The juice of lemons makes fine punch".

If you heard "Laurel", you are the victor and have earned bragging rights for this round of internet debate.

"We all perceive the world a little differently based on our experiences", she says.

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