Words not only help us express our thinking by defining it, but when we name something, it "becomes" in a way that it wasn't quite before and it now has a place and a "countour", if you will, that also limits it. That is true for the leg of a chair, which could just be part of the chair, but now it is something in it's own right, but it also cannot be anything more, further up that chair. Same goes with ideas, emotions and other abstract concepts. We name an emotion and now we can talk about and link it to something else, but we have also separated it from another emotion or thought or anything else. Maybe we named something as it's own entity, when it would have made more sense to keep it linked to something else. I see the obvious benefit from naming what surrounds us, and what is in us, because it enables us not only to communicate with others, but also to link different parts of our own brain. It becomes easy, though, to fool ourselves in a number of ways. For one it is misleading and very limiting to assume that the way our own language has chopped up the world, is either the only way or the best way. Then there is the possibility that anything intangible would either not exist or be completely different if we did not name it, or named it something different. Once we name a concept, we think about it in ways that we would not if we did not have a name for it. English, as well, lacks a number of words to express concepts that exist in other languages. We can still express a similar thought by using an entire paragraph, but it isn't the same. German has the ability to link two words together and come up with endless new concepts, some of which become common terms, most don't.
I am really enjoying this "off topic" discussion and all the great insights and contributions from Miguel, Clint, Rog and others.