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Yanny vs Laurel

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Juliana Warta, Staff Writer

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It’s the dress all over again, black and blue or yellow and gold? Instead its a recording gone wrong!

Recently a weird recording file came of a specific word where some people swear they can only hear yanny, others can hear laurel and some just hear both when listening back to it at a higher pitch or with headphones. The original recording can be found at  https://youtu.be/y7wXRm3sTBo Bridget Carey, the senior editor  said; “I only heard yanny on my headphones but when I was at the office later I had heard laurel on speakers.”

There are multiple explanations for the reason behind this or ‘“science” the video had given me three. Basically, “There’s a yanny sound that’s on the higher range of the spectrum and a laurel sound that’s on the lower end.” Another reason for the mishap is if you change the pitch of the recording it can help you hear more word than another.

“I had headphones and I heard laurel.” Explained sophomore Annabella Carbanaro.

“I had headphones too but I heard yanny.” Explained sophomore Renee Licci.

Mr.Will an English teacher said “It’s laurel. Whoever says it’s yanny they’re wrong.”

One obvious answer for this controversy would also be your own ears. “If you have some hearing loss you might not be able to pick up on the higher yanny sound as easily.” They also said it also depends on the type of speakers you have, “Something with deep bass is gonna pick up laurel more.” Bridget also explained this in the video.

To get a more expert answer the network had interviewed linguistic expert Abby Walker, she’s an assistant professor and co-director of the speech lab at Virginia Tech, “We think there are two things going on, one’s personal about the listener and one is about the equipment that they using.” She explained, “The sounds are both there, so it’s not right or wrong to pay attention to one versus the other.”

However I suppose there is one way to know once and for all, what was the original recording intended to be? Well according to the video New York Times had traced back the recording and found the original story. Bridget followed up,“It’s just a poor quality recording of the word from the site vocabulary.com.”

A high school student in Georgia was doing a project and had recorded the audio laurel coming out of his computer speakers. “Which totally muddied it up and when he realized people were hearing two different things on his recording, he shared it online.” Explained Bridget for starting this palooza and dividing the world all over again, thanks buddy!

So make sure to keep open mind when someone hears yanny and you hear laurel (or vice versa) neither is 100% right or wrong however I’m sure that won’t convince everyone to not start arguments…

However, what do you hear? Yanny or laurel?

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