Like any viral clip, this one also began when Cloe Feldman, a YouTuber, and social media influencer, added this audio clip to her Instagram story and then took to Twitter, asking, "What do you hear?!"
He played it for his peers, who disagreed over whether the syllables formed "Yanny" or "Laurel".
- The "Laurel versus Yanny" debate that's captivated the social-media-verse and everyone from celebrities to the White House, actually started with a homework assignment for Georgia teen 15-year-old Katie Hetzel of Flowery Branch High School.
"When there is more energy towards the mid and higher frequencies, people tend to hear "Yanny".
"Sarah, it's been reported that you hear laurel, how do you respond?" someone off camera asks Sanders.
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'Definitely Laurel, ' Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah agrees. Sarah Huckerbee Sanders implies the answer is probably whatever CNN says it isn't.
Vice President Mike Pence, apparently blissfully unaware of the debate, only says, "Who's Yanny?"
A straw poll carried out among staff in AFP's Washington bureau counted 17 for Yanny, and 14 for Laurel.
"Odd. All I heard was 'Mueller, '" one person wrote.
The white house staff having a little bit of fun there.