Two of your readers undermine their own position that “golf” should not be used as a verb by using the word “golfer” instead of “golf player” [“One way to tee off readers,” Free for All, April 29]. If swimmers swim and runners run and skiers ski, it follows that golfers golf.
Lisa Osterheld, Vienna
Sadly, it is true, as two golfers observed on the April 29 Free for All page, that our English tongue is frequently yanked and twisted, with some miscreants verbing nouns. Our language has been subject to this cruel turning of words for some time. For instance, as Peter Davies reported in his 1992 Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms , at least as far back as Nov. 29, 1769, the Town Council of St. Andrews, Scotland, agreed “that the part of the Links as presently golfed upon shall be kept entire, and not ploughed up nor enclosed by the Town of St. Andrews or their tenants.”
Jon R. Simon, Silver Spring