Sharon Begley (Newsweek 7.20.09)writes: Whats in a Word? She as so many here in the United States have their heads in the air and cannot see where they are going. So too,has their vision been impaired by by their fears of being muzzled. It is this fear of being muzzled that has permitted the word Israel to escape the confines of the synagogues,churches and mosques. We are to pretend that we don't see. Please read the profound thoughts of Sharon Begley: When the Viaduct de Millau opened in the south of France in 2004, this tallest bridge in the world won worldwide accolades. German newspapers described how it "floated above the clouds" with "elegance and lightness" and "breathtaking" beauty. In France, papers praised the "immense" "concrete giant." Was it mere coincidence that the Germans saw beauty where the French saw heft and power? Lera Boroditsky thinks not. A psychologist at Stanford University, she has long been intrigued by an age-old question whose modern form dates to 1956, when linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf asked whether the language we speak shapes the way we think and see the world. If so, then language is not merely a means of expressing thought, but a constraint on it, too. Although philosophers, anthropologists, and others have weighed in, with most concluding that language does not shape thought in any significant way, the field has been notable for a distressing lack of empiricismas in testable hypotheses and actual data. ETC Please see:Why Language May Shape Our Thoughts | Newsweek Voices - Sharon Begley | Newsweek.com for more Ahh! The majesty of the word!