Wednesday, September 14, 2022

How To Respond To "Bless Your Heart

 From Southern Living:

In the South, 'bless your heart' situations arise daily. Walk around long enough, and you'll hear 'bless your/their/his/her heart' spoken either vehemently aloud or in a breathless whisper. It's a versatile phrase. It has a thousand meanings—and just as many possible responses.

If you're on the receiving end of a 'bless your heart,' it might make you laugh or sting a little. It's usually good-natured, but you'll have to carefully listen because 'bless your heart' has too many meanings to count. Southerners know that the phrase's purpose depends on the tone in which it's spoken, and a slight change in inflection or volume can make all the difference.

Don't know how to respond? Consider a few variables. Who's speaking? What prompted the 'bless your heart'? You can bet your Southern mothers, aunts, and grandmothers are all well versed in the language of 'bless your heart.' They practically wrote the book, so you should study up too. Read on for 'bless your heart' etiquette, a few variants, and their appropriate responses. (Read more.)


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