"Motherfuckers will read a book that is 1/3 elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they think we’re taking over." Junot Diaz to the interview questions, "Do you think using Spanish in your writing alienates some of your readers?"
As alluded to by Angry Tai Chi Guy, the fan is a much overlooked weapon, which can be advantageous. Folded, the Kyoshi warriors’ metal fans look just like regular fans and can be taken in places were other weapons would be prohibited. The folded fan can be used as a cudgel or to attack pressure points but it can also be used to provide a lever to assist with locks and throws. Open, the fan could be used as a shield and is very useful for defending small projectiles like those used by Mai. In the show the fan itself is seen being used as a throwing weapon both open and closed. The open fan could also be used to distract an opponent’s gaze in combat. In a battlefield situation, the fan could be used to signal between groups.
The Fan is the Swordsman’s weapon in polite company.