How to Speak "Southern"

“bless your heart”
While it appears to be a charming and endearing addition to a statement, do not be fooled by its seemingly complimentary nature. It is actually a clever way of saying, “You are an idiot”.

For example ~ “Your intentions were good, bless your heart.”
Or, “That’s an easy mistake to make, bless your heart.”
Even, “How nice of you to send flowers, even though Harold has allergies. Bless your heart.”

Like its counterpart “Bless her heart” this is used to soften the veiled blow of the preceding phrase. In this case, the offense that should be taken is much less evident. It is only after the blessing is bestowed that the insult’s true intention is felt.

1 comment:

suzesliv said...

Seems every culture and sub-culture has a way of saying "You're an idiot", and trying not to be too obvious. Funny thing is, nobody is really ever fooled