To his ear, this was definitely a recording of the word "laurel".
"For example, with a full-range higher quality speaker, I clearly only hear laurel, but over my computer speakers, I clearly only hear yanny", Ricketts said.
The verdict: Szabo told the Times he recorded the original clip from vocabulary.com's page for "Laurel". The dictionary site hasn't revealed the man's identity, but said he was one of several trained singers enlisted to record hundreds of thousands of pronunciations, based on the rules of the worldwide phonetic alphabet.
"It is synthesized speech and the output is a little ambiguous", Goetz said.
Why do some people hear "Yanny" and others hear "Laurel", and others seems to be able to switch between them?
"The human brain is trained to perceive and interpret speech on the fly in a remarkable way", Kothare said Tuesday on Twitter.
He says some people on the internet can also manipulate the sound of it. How can we look at the same picture, or listen to the same exact thing, and think it's something different from what our friends think? Kimmel concluded that maybe people really do have their own realities and that he might owe President Trump an apology for not believing that his Inauguration crowd was as large as the president said it was. It can also be the psychological properties of our hearing system. "So whichever you're more dominant to is what you're going to lean to, and why you're so persistent on it, that's what you think you hear". But New Age musician Yanni was in the yanny camp. He claims if the pitch is shifted, to hear more of either the higher or lower frequencies, people should be able to hear both words.
So why do half of us hear one thing and half of us another?
A viral audio clip has everyone asking each other: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?
Keep in mind, how different the words are - one is Laurel, the other is Yanny. It is Laurel and not Yanny alright.