If the question of whether a robotic-sounding voice is saying the word âYannyâ or âLaurelâ has been keeping you up at night, itâs time to breathe a sigh of relief. There is a definitive answer.
The recording is saying the word â¦
Sorry, Team Yanny, but multipleÂ newsÂ outlets have confirmed that the infamous audio clip comes from Vocabulary.com, where it serves asÂ the pronunciation feature for the word âlaurel,â defined as âa wreath worn on the head, usually as a symbol of victory.â
Vocabulary.com does not have an entry for the word âYanny,â but HuffPost can confirm that, spelled a little differently, the definition is this:
The reason the audioÂ sounds slightly distortedÂ is because itâs a recording of the Vocabulary.comâs recording, according to Buzzfeed.
Reddit user RolandCamry posted a short video clip including the audio on the subreddit r/blackmagicfuckery this week. The clip was actually a video of an Instagram pollÂ asking users to vote on which word they heard. It went mega-viral after popular YouTuber Cloe Feldman tweeted it on Monday â sparking the greatest debate of the past three years, right after The Dress debacleÂ of 2015.
Feldman admitted that she found the clip on Reddit. The person who posted it on Reddit turned out to be Roland Szabo, an 18-year-old high school student in Lawrenceville, Georgia, The New York Times reports.
But the origins of the Instagram poll itself are unclear,Â with the Times and Wired reporting slightly different stories.
According to the Times, Szabo recorded the voice from the vocabulary site himself and sent it to a friend, who posted it on Instagram.
But according to Wired, a student at Georgiaâs Flowery Branch High School named Katie Hetzel recorded the voice from the vocabulary site, and posted the clip on Instagram. Her friend, Fernando Castro, then says he turned it into an Instagram poll. According to Wired, Castroâs poll is what Reddit user RolandCamry posted earlier this week.
Regardless of whose recording actually went viral, Wired did track down some interesting tidbits about the voice that helped ignite the Yanny vs. Laurel debate.
Vocabulary.com cofounder Marc Tinkler told the site that the man who recorded the pronunciation of âLaurelâ is an opera singer who was a member of the original cast of âCATSâ on Broadway. Tinkler did not reveal the opera singerâs name, saying he didnât know if the man would welcome viral fame.
Oh, and in case you were wondering â the real-life Yanni definitely did not hear âLaurel.â
Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yanny-laurel-debate-explanation-real-answer_us_5afc7463e4b07793 ... and provided by video-cutter-online.com