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Man Behind 'Yanny Or Laurel' Voice Clip Reveals What He Actually Said

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Man Behind 'Yanny Or Laurel' Voice Clip Reveals What He Actually Said

Before this weekend (when Harry married Meghan - we might as well say it again), everyone was undecided as to whether they heard 'Laurel' or 'Yanny' in that online audio clip.

It was kind of like the dress that was posted on the internet and had people at each others throats about whether it was black and blue or white and gold.

Or even the picture of the girl with spaghetti legs when she posted a picture with a vertical line down her trousers.

The debate was fierce for Laurel or Yanny, with even Donald Trump finding time away from playing gold to put his two penny worth in.



Now we can confirm that the man who recorded the sound bite has spoken and revealed what he actually said.

It's Laurel, 100 per cent by the way and don't argue with us either.

According to the Mirror, Broadway actor and singer Jay Aubrey Jones, 64, recorded the word 'laurel' back in 2007. Meaning it's taken over a decade for our ears to have a listen.

Jay, who comes from New Jersey in he US, trained in pronunciation and produced the clip for Vocabulary.com.


He said he's been 'amused to no end' by the debate. We're glad you've enjoyed it Jay, it's annoyed us to no end.

He told Time: "I recorded my batch of words and I thought that was that.

"I thought, well, it couldn't be that huge. Then I heard the recording again online and I realised what a brouhaha this whole thing was."

A bro what?


Jay said 'laurel' as a 'wreath worn in victory'. But he did admit he can understand why some people heard something else. How can you admit that? It's not like you can just turn off hearing one to hear the other, is it?

He added: "More often than not, I hear laurel. I can hear a slight trace of yanny." For us it's one or the other, mate.


The actor recorded around 36,000 words over six months for the vocab website - clearly one was 'brouhaha'.

Well now it's all cleared up, we're going to have the best sleep tonight, that's fo'sho - hope you do too.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Viral, Entertainment, Social Media, US

Rebecca Shepherd
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