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8 Ways To Use The Phrase "Bless Your Heart" That We All Need To Adopt ASAP

The little black dress of linguistics.

My name's Laken, and I grew up in the Southern United States. One of the first full sentences I learned how to say was, "Bless your heart."

1. To show genuine concern

2. To show shock or scandal

3. To show frustration or as a replacement for cursing

4. To be passive-aggressive or condescending

5. To show affection

6. To be petty

7. To wish someone good luck

8. And lastly – to have a filler phrase when you feel awkward, don't know what else to say, or don't really care about the conversation

Well, bless – would you look at that? We're at the end of the list.