Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

'I hear covfefe': President Trump weighs in on 'yanny' and 'laurel'

'I hear covfefe': President Trump weighs in on 'yanny' and 'laurel'

But hey, who knows what's real and what's right anymore? Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a crack that touched on the president's attacks on news reporting he doesn't like, joking that the rumor that she heard laurel must have come from CNN, "because that's fake news".

Story also added that if you change the pitch of the original recording you can hear both words.

The never-ending Yanny vs Laurel debate has reached the White House.

The Yanny vs. Laurel debate took a dark turn when the U.S. Air Force thought it would be a good idea to use it in a now-deleted tweet that bragged about repressing a Taliban offensive. Strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp says, "Yanny's the victor, Laurel's the loser". "If you're not picking up on those higher frequencies then it sounds more like Laurel".

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Local experts say how your brain interprets the pitch of the word determines what you hear. The higher frequency is the Yanny and the lower frequency is the Laurel .

"There may well be differences between British and American listeners", she told the Telegraph.

"Accent differences will predispose the brain to hearing certain patterns so it would be interesting to see if a Brit, Aussie, American pattern emerges - but I'm not sure who's collecting that data, and it will be hard to do so now with any research rigour".

How you listen to the recording will also affect what you hear.

You've probably lost many friends in the last two days over the audio clip that has drawn battle-lines across the Internet. The word Yanny, the second frequency, has nearly exactly the same pattern as the L, R, L in Laurel.

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