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A synonym for the word “fanner”

In the old days, kings and wealthy people used to hire fanners to make them feel cooler. My question is: is there an English synonym for the word "fanner"?
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I don't remember vs I don't recall [on hold]

Which one is more suitable and in which scenario? Please advice. Thanks
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Where do you come in your family? [duplicate]

I am looking for some common questions used to ask about a person's birth order in their family (to ask if he/she is first, second, third, etc. child). Do the following questions sound natural? Where ...
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A word from school vocabulary? [on hold]

I would like to know what to call the paper that shows you have passed exams in a subject. The word is seven letters long.
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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Word for “easy to dismiss”

I know that there is an adjective with that meaning. I just cannot think of it or find it online. I'd be very grateful if someone pointed out a word that means "easy to dismiss" or something similar. ...
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How to distinguish this word as a noun or verb? [on hold]

Here's a sentence that was in my notes at church today: His plan is to use you to be a warrior and champion for your family's destiny. I'm sure the word champion was intended to be used as a ...
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about the verb 'bias'

I am not sure what difference, if any, exists between the following two phrases: bias the report in Peter's favor. bias Peter in favor of the report. I'd appreciate your help.
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Latin (in wide use in English) for nonsensical response? [duplicate]

There is a Latin term or phrase (in wide use in English, esp academic discourse) that one uses in situations like the following: one makes a statement or asks a question one's interlocutor makes a ...
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If abnormal means “not normal”, then why are the original, native people called “aboriginal” people?

Shouldn't they be called original people as opposed to aboriginal people?
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An English word that means “Unable to go to work due to injuries or sickness”

Contrary to what I would expect, there's pretty much no article with this words other than online automated dictionaries (which I don't find truthworthy). So far I have found Laboral Inhability but, ...
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What is a good practice to improve english online? [closed]

I am trying hard to improve my written english. Specifically, I want to improve the quality of my written texts in terms of vocabulary and sentence structuring. Can you please let me know some useful ...
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Calling good evil and evil good [closed]

What is the word for deliberately calling good evil and evil good? There must be a word to describe individuals who do this. Fritz thinks that murder and euthanasia are population control and that ...
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thermocompression bond [closed]

I want to use a verb for "perform thermocompression bonding." I have used "thermocompression bond" with/without a hyphen in the past as in "The component is typically thermocompression-bonded to the ...
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What is the correct term for “2” vs “two”? [closed]

When written this way, "2", what is the correct term? When written this way, "two", what is the correct term?
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Word to express complicated idea precisely?

Instead of using a common word like "sad", one can use "morose" to make a more vivid image. Or in professional fields words like "pedagogy" are used instead of a more common word like "education". We ...
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Is it normal to use the word “rivalize” for describing, e.g., competing activity?

I would like to edit a phrase in an article describing some mathematical simulation of concurrent struggle on markets. It would be something like: ...if metallurgical enterprises would adhere ...
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implications of the term ground zero

Does the term ground zero always connote destruction or other negative things? If a city is described as ground zero for the insurance industry, does it imply insurance is no longer thriving in that ...
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Words like 'disgruntled' with no positive counterpart [duplicate]

"I was thoroughly gruntled." Are there many words like 'disgruntled' where there is no positive counterpart? And was there ever a word 'gruntled'? And if not, where did 'disgruntled' derive from?
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Thus vs thusly for mathematicians [duplicate]

My expertise is in math & science, not grammar. For mathematicians, 'thus' is generally seen as a synonym for 'therefore'. If I were to write, "The equation should be written thus:", most would ...
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A word for a person who can “quickly adapt to change” [closed]

What is a word for (or how would you describe) A person who can adapt to changes in the workplace newer technologies in requirements for his work
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The USA birth rate or the US birth rate

The original words are: the birth rate of France the birth rate of the USA the birth rate of the UK I want to rewrite these words into simpler formats, but I'm quite confused: French birth rate ...
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Word for Loss of Calibration?

What verb would mean "to lose calibration" through some (edited to clarify initial intent) intentional action? This would imply an object that previously was calibrated but intentionally changed to a ...
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What do you call a person who tells you to do something but they can't do it [closed]

For example if you are in a relationship. The man tells you to update him or tell him everytime you leave the house and go home. Yet he doesn't do it. He doesn't update. He expects you to do the ...
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Opposite of a save

I have phrases like "if I do this I'll save energy" or "this results in an energy saving"... The point being that there is an implied before and after: I use less energy after than before = "I save ...
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Struggling writing a sentence

I am filling up my CV and I decided to put in a brief description of a company where I am currently working. I wrote the following sentence: The service helps finding spare parts throughout ...
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Is it wrong to explain “appetizers” as “snacks we serve before the main dish”?

I'm a teacher for beginners at an English course in Brazil, and I'd like to explain "appetizers" and "snacks" at the same time. Is it ok if I explain appetizers as snacks we serve before the main ...
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Rules in using the article “the” in addressing countries [duplicate]

Why is the article "the" used to address certain specific countries (this is especially true when one is introducing where they come from) such examples are; I am from the United States of America ...
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A single word for two and four wheeled vehicles

Is there any single word that signifies both two and four wheeled vehicles. i.e. Cars and Motorcycles?
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a sceptical customer [closed]

Is there something like a sceptical customer? Meaning a customer who questions everything. Is it correct to use this word in this way?
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Short form to indicate coordinate phrases [closed]

As I am not a native speaker of English, I often get stuck in terms of "phraseology" (indeed). So I'll try to make it clear using example. People with high rate of A often tend to memorize a lot, ...
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A word to describe a risk that is not high and not low [closed]

For describing a risk, if I want to say this risk is not high and not low. Which word should I use?
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Best one hundred useful words(to increase ones vocabulary)? [closed]

I'm not certain that this is the best place to ask my question, but I am trying to increase my vocabulary. I looked up a list of top SAT words but I'm not seeing as many useful words as I'd like. I ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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is simple a filler in this sentence

Things just simply don't work is simply a filler in that sentence ? by filler i mean that the meaning of the sentence is the same with or without it (i know this is not formal english, but i need ...
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whites and other color words as clothing of particular colors

The dictionary lists one sense of 'whites' as white clothing. But no parallel sense is listed for 'reds' and other color words. I am wondering whether this sense of 'whites' can be generalized to ...
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Meaning of “Black Swan” [closed]

Is "Black Swan" considered as an insult depend on the context it has been used ? For a instance, using "Black Swan" as a name for a company name ?
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what does “Emperor lives on” mean? [closed]

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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vocabulary about returning ones favor

You're asking someone to postpone something, or do something on behalf of you and at the end you want to say to him I will try to recoup it later. I will try to work on your behalf later. I'll return ...
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He who gives Information?

What is the person who gives you information called? Basically I have read a play in which there are two characters that provide you information of the happenings in the play like the information that ...
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I need a word to convey the meaning of getting a course approved w/o ever going to class

I've recently started working at the International Office at my University and I've found myself in need of an English word for succeeding in a test and getting a course approved without going to ...
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English translation of the Russian idiom “проникновенный фильм”

In Russian, when we want to describe a film or book that really gets its message across and gets you thinking very well, most usually in a beautiful way and one that makes you feel tragically out of ...
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Noun opposite of complex, intricate

So something that is like "straightforwardness". I remember using it in essays years ago but now it's completely out of my mind and it's driving me crazy! The sentence I want to use it in is as ...
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How is the word “self-conceited” different from “narcissistic”?

According to vocabulary.com, the word "Conceited" is defined as: A conceited person has an inflated self-image and perceives himself as incredibly entertaining and wonderful. Talk incessantly ...
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What is the stick, dug with young plants for support, called?

I am looking for the word/name that describes a stick dug along with young plants to support/direct the plant growth.
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why come ing with verb after preposition

why we use "ing" with verb that comes after preposition? For example: he is accused for breaking a new vase. here breaking is being used after for
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What is the wrap on a coffee mug or a thermos called?

When I buy a cup of coffee for taking away, the seller usually wraps the cup with tissue for reducing the heat or coldness when I hold the cup in my hand. There are also thick wraps that are made of ...
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What is the term for a language that is a second language for most people?

What is the term for a language that is a second language for most of the people that use it? For example, when the Portuguese traded with East African countries in the 1700's, none of them spoke ...
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What is the difference between a cable and a cord? [closed]

As far as I know, a cable and a cord are both constructed from wires and some kind of housing, and the words are used interchangeably by most people (in my experience). Are they interchangeable, do ...
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What kind of instruments are “danglaphone” and “BB bowl”

I'm totally at a loss here. I found the names in a book with songs for kids ("Danceland"). It's not a big deal, but I'd like to show my boy what the heck the thing the man plays is. The Internet's ...