According to Rabbi Shmuley, words establish our dignity as people. Conversely, the abuse of language establishes vulgarity, he says. "Even though we have one of the most developed and extensive languages in the world—we have so many ways to express ourselves—[we] choose only to use a few words," he says. Rabbi Shmuley offers his advice on how parents can teach their children to refrain from poor language use:
"Human dignity is most captured in refined language. The ability for men and women to express their emotions through words is a distinctively human trait, which is compromised when we choose to be vulgar. If your kids use foul language, you might point to the school or their friends—but don't forget to look in the mirror too."