As a guy who has put the knock on Stan Delaplane often enough for his frequent inaccuracies, I feel impelled to defend him on this occasion. On Sept. 29 a reader complained that Delaplane had vilified the Finnish language. Your correspondent must be a Finn. When Delaplane contends that it seems to be a mix of Hungarian and undecipherable Mongolian, he is not original. Almost every observer, linguist or not, feels that is a fair description of that mysterious tongue. This is my only negative comment about the marvelous Finns. Otherwise, they have everything going for them, from beautiful country to wonderful people.