Friday, February 27, 2009

Well Bless Your Heart . .

Or bless my heart or her heart or his heart. This is something else I have learned here in the South. Using this phrase is very common here. You can use to say something nice like: Bless your heart, for these lovely flowers. Or bless your heart for the pie you baked me, etc. But I learned that “bless her/his heart” is mainly used in another way.

I learned (from our realtor and my friend Carolyn) that you can say any nasty old thing about anyone as long as you say "Bless his/her heart" at the beginning or end of the sentence. For example: "Bless his heart, he’s just a big old drunk." "Bless her heart, she’s as big as a house." "Bless their heart, their children look like monkeys." Now if you said: "Her daddy is lazy and her mother is a tramp," that’s a no-no. But if you say "her daddy is lazy and her mother is a tramp, bless her heart." It’s perfectly acceptable.

I love the South, bless its heart.


  1. 'bless your heart' for making me giggle Sarah x

  2. my favorite "southern" saying wa something the administrative asst at home office in charlotte used to say... "well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!"

  3. awwwww....i love it!!!

    My Great Grandma who passed away a couple years ago used to use the phrase "Bless your heart!" all the time....this post made me remember/miss/think about her! Thanks for that!!!

  4. OMG bless your heart for making me laugh today. You are so right and take it from one southernbelle who knows. LOL.

    My children are driving me batty today, but bless their little hearts.

    Thank you for coming by my blog. I hope to see you around often. Bless your heart.

  5. I have to say, you are quite entertaining! I'm a city girl looking for a house in the country and I think I like it too. . . my hubby said the south was out of the question because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. . . "bless their hearts". . . thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my contest!! Good luck!

  6. luv it, Carolyn:) Thanks for stopping by to visit and I'll be back to visit more often:)
    bless your heart..maopa:)

  7. I will never forget this after our bus ride back from the Savoy at the Type-A Mom Conference. Bless your heart.