Yanny Or Laurel?


Let’s discuss the greatest debate of this century!

Yanny or Laurel? DUN DUN DUN!


If you don’t know what I’m talking about, person who lives under a rock, click here right now!

Okay, so I wasn’t going to talk about it but I am so sick of seeing ‘Yanny or Laurel’ everywhere. 😂 I’m just kidding, I’m not a hater, I think it’s cool and I love that it’s the new ‘the dress’ but it’s absolutely everywhere! Also the memes are funny.

There have been so many people sending the audio to me, asking me what I can hear. I’ve seen so many YouTube videos popping up in my feed, stating they’ve explained it. When I was writing my upcoming Ocean’s 8 post, I googled ‘girls support girls’ so I could get a cute picture to add in and a picture with the words ‘Yanny or Laurel’ literally came up.

So, I decided to be part of this fiasco.


Firstly, I can slightly hear both of them. However, I can mainly hear “Yanny” (well, I actually hear ‘Yammy’ but whatever, my opinion is invalid😂). I did hear ‘Laurel’ at some points though, for example, my cousin sent me a video of her playing the audio and I heard ‘Laurel’. I then replayed it and heard ‘Yanny’. I think that goes to show that my brain literally can’t make a decision and it’s not just my own stupidity.


The actual word is ‘Laurel’, being said by an opera singer, a member of the original Broadway cast of Cats. Even though, ‘Laurel’ is what is actually being said, whichever one you can hear is technically right. Unless you hear like ‘Quanisha’ or something like that…then get help?

Being a science enthusiastic, I decided to delve deep (well, like ankles deep) into the science behind this internet debate that’s dividing people apart.


Both words have similar acoustic features and are technically both being played, but are travelling at different frequencies. ‘Yanny’ is travelling at a higher frequency whereas ‘Laurel’ is travelling at a lower frequency. That basically means that if your ears are “younger”, you’re more likely to hear ‘Yanny’ and if your ears are “older”, you’re more likely to hear ‘Laurel’. It’s just a matter of how damaged your ears are to be honest. That’s why I’m lowkey happy about this whole situation. Even though I hear ‘Yanny’ and people who hear ‘Yanny’ supposedly eat pizza with a knife and fork and bite into Kit Kats without breaking the bars off first, it means my ears aren’t as damaged as I thought they were from constantly listening to music on the highest volume. So to those who hear ‘Laurel’, s̶u̶c̶k̶ ̶m̶y


Although, my four year old second cousin can hear ‘Laurel’. He is lowkey an old man in a four year old body though…

Also if your sound quality is low, you’re more likely to hear ‘Yanny’.


Another reason is that your brain may just be focused on one frequency, despite whether your ears are damaged or not. Your brain does this to help manage and organise the multiple stimuli and sensory information entering your brain at once. It does this unconsciously, which is why you can’t choose which you can hear.


Which do you hear, Yanny or Laurel?

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52 thoughts on “Yanny Or Laurel?

  1. Arabella says:

    I haven’t gotten to listen to it yet, but everyone seems to be obsessed with it and debating over Yanny and Laurel! I guess it’s the new fidget spinner. XD The kids in my homeroom and had a debate, and on the bus, it seems like a lot of people hear Yanny. XD

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  2. Wamby says:

    I hear both tbh. when I focus on yanny, I hear yanny and when I focus on Laurel, I hear Laurel.

    But seriously it keeps popping up in my feed and it’s driving me insane!

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  3. QueenTeen says:

    I hear yanny at first (but it kinda sounds like “yally” – my opinion’s invalid too😂) but when I focus I hear laurel in some deep voice.
    It depends on the dress for me XD

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  4. haru says:

    when I first heard the audio, I heard Yanny but i kept listening to it because it seemed like everyone was hearing laurel so now i hear laurel and yanny 😂 i don’t eat my pizza with a fork and knife but i do bite into kit kat bars without breaking them like a monster!!

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  5. Ally says:

    OMG, my ears are damaged? I always hear Laurel, I first heard this on a 2 Broke Girls ad, and I was like what? But on the other hand, I saw black and blue too! 🙂

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  6. TheUnknownWiki says:

    I hear both Laurel and Yanny, but I mostly hear Yanny. I knew it’s something to do with the frequency but I didn’t know what it is exactly. It’s the same as with the dress, weirdly enough, I saw both colours…

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