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More fanfare from a guest patron

Those folks who attend the Masters come with a gallery of appropriate monikers, whether they be fans, guests or patrons

A contributor to Morning Read recently wrote to indicate his dissatisfaction with the Masters’ use of the word “patron” to describe the people who attend the tournament every year and suggested the term “fan” should be used (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 19). The writer’s reasoning was that the term “fan” is used by the various professional sports franchises and therefore should be good enough for the Masters.

In trying to understand the author’s reasoning, I looked up the following terms:

Fan: An enthusiastic devotee (as of a sport or performing art), usually as a spectator.

Guest: A person who is invited to visit the home of or take part in a function organized by another.

Patron: A person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause or activity.

Frankly, after this exercise, I don’t find anything offensive if one chooses to use the term “patron” for those who attend the Masters. It seems to give meaning to the saying “what is in a name.”

Bill Boutwell
Jacksonville, Fla.

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