How The Viral Yanny Or Laurel Debate Got Started

The "Yanny" or "Laurel" debate was started by a high school freshman who got the audio off vocabulary.com

There's been a heated debate the last couple days over an audio clip of a SINGLE WORD. Some people think the voice is saying "laurel," and other people hear it as "yanny."

Now we have some context on how the whole thing got started and a definitive answer on which one is correct.

It turns out a high school freshman in Georgia named Katie Hetzel got the debate going last Friday while she was studying for a literature class. One of the vocabulary words she needed to look up was "laurel."

So she looked up the definition on the website Vocabulary.com played a clip of how to pronounce it and THAT'S where the audio came from.

So if "laurel" is what you hear, you're technically correct.

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