the ups and downs of life

Bless Their Hearts

If you aren’t from the South, you may not understand this phrase. It’s a phrase that Southern women use for a variety of reasons. If someone is going through hardships, a good Southern woman will say “Bless their heart” as she shakes her head slowly. This is a sign that she truly feels bad for the person going through a hardship. “Bless their/your heart” can also be used as a way to insult someone in a passive aggressive manner. An example of this is “He’s as dumb as a box of rocks, bless his heart.” While this almost sounds as if they feel badly for the person, it’s not necessarily so. It can mean that but more likely than not it means “Damn! He’s stupid!” Which one sounds more polite to you?

So if someone says “bless your heart” to you, you might want to analyze the context of the conversation so you can determine whether to be offended or not. If you can’t figure it out, you probably were being insulted and didn’t recognize it. If this is the case, bless your heart!


Single Post Navigation

2 thoughts on “Bless Their Hearts

  1. That’s a common phrase among the older women in southern Indiana too…I often hear it as “you poor thing.”

  2. Young or old, we say it in the South! 🙂

Please leave me a message!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Inspiring people to live the life God intended them to live.

Fred's Food For Thought

Eat Well, Live Well

Our Little Family Adventure

Our family's adventure to eat healthy whole foods, get in the kitchen together, and enjoy life.


Not Your Grandma's Coupon Site


Nancy Roman

The Byronic Man

We can rebuild him. We have the technology... Drier. Hilariouser. More satirical than before.

Creating J.Lyn

Be happy. Be you.

Wally's Daily Bite's

Your Transformation Begins With the Next Thought, Bite and Step

kathy rasmussen

the only way to do great work is to love what you do

Someone Like Me...

Stronger and Stronger, Day after Day...

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

On the Homefront

Reflections on life: the funny, poignant, serious and quirky


Create a Life That Matters!

Rantings of an Amateur Chef - What works, and what doesn't!


One man's weight loss journey

Break Room Stories

Service Industry Stories and More Since 2012


Just another site

%d bloggers like this: