If you've ever been in a Southern state like Tennessee or Mississippi, you've probably heard this saying or the shortened slang, "Bless." But what exactly does it mean, and why do only Southerners seem to know about it?
If you don't know about "Bless your heart," you should consider adopting it into your lingo ASAP because it's the little black dress of linguistics. You can use this phrase in almost any situation: as a compliment, an insult, and so much more.
To prove that "Bless your heart" is the ultimate all-purpose phrase, here are eight iconic ways that you can correctly use it: