Trump resurrects "covfefe" in White House video about the Laurel-Yanny debate

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Ivanka Trump is the first to weigh in, claiming it's "so clearly Laurel", before giggling for the camera.

In a video posted Thursday evening, the White House waded into America's most contentious debate: Is it "Laurel" or "Yanny"?

In a video posted on Twitter, White House staffers give their vote.

Thanks to the team from ASAPScience who unpack the perplexing audio clip and explain in detail why some of us hear "Yanny" and some of us hear "Laurel".

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.

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Unless you live under an internet-less rock, you've probably been asked the question sometime this week: yanny or laurel?

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

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is then confronted by the filmmaker who asks for her response to reports she hears Laurel.

A short explanation people's brain's perceive pitch and frequency differently and depending on the person you'll hear a different word. I heard a very tinny computerized voice saying, "yanny". Sanders responds, "Clearly you're getting your information from CNN because that's fake news".

"People who are more attuned to the high frequencies are picking up on things that make it sound more like Yanny", linguist Ben Zimmer told CBS News. 'All I hear is Yanny'.

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