An expansive vocabulary simplifies communication. Yak Tack uses spaced repetition to help people remember words.

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Hey folks! I've long held a fascination with words and have been searching for techniques to improve my vocabulary. Often I'd hear a word in conversation, like extemporaneous, and look it up on Google. A week later I'd hear it again somewhere and forget what it meant. Spaced repetition is a learning technique that can significantly bolster recall. Once I discovered it, I knew I'd found the solution to my problem. Yak Tack is simple. Simply email "word@yaktack.com" with a word you'd like to remember. Or type it into the search box on yaktack.com to get started. I recommend"exogenous" or "apocryphal" to get started. (Note I heard Bob Costas use the word "apocryphal" to describe the origin story of Baseball once. I had to tack it). In the future, we're thinking of adding: - SMS support - Alexa and Google Home integration
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@yaktack @jgrahamthomas sms and voice assistants are great but I think a chrome extension would be greater!
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@yaktack @stewartjarod Great idea. Being able to highlight a word and quickly "tack" it would be huge. I'll add that to the backlog!
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That logo looks like a naked person doing yoga from behind. And now I can’t see anything...butt... that.
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@mattholsinger Ha! Yes, I suppose yak heads are duplicitous in that way.
@jgrahamthomas Yaks are, indeed, notoriously surreptitious.

It’s a great way to remember words or remind myself of interesting words that I hear on the go. I can simply email the word to Yak Tack and the definition is emailed back at interval that help me remember the definition.

Pros:

This is a simple way to improve your vocabulary and remember words

Cons:

I can only have a few active words before it starts to becomes overwhelming. Be careful not to add too many words at once. It will happen :)

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I really love the concept, as there are many words I find myself learning over and over again. With Yak Tack the words actually stick.

Pros:

It's extremely easy to add words, and a VERY effective way to learn them.

Cons:

It's easy to get carried away and try to learn too many words at once!

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Great point about doing too many words at once. I'm doing some research to identify the optimal number of active tacks. My hunch is that staggering them across intervals will be effective, instead of having, say, 5 tacks all start on the same day (which would put the on the same interval schedule). Stay tuned!

Easy to use and a welcome surprise in my inbox each time I learn a new word

Pros:

The word referral system is a great way to find new words that I didn't realize I should learn

Cons:

There are so many words I need to learn...

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