Community·Updated on Aug 31, 20218 Ways To Use The Phrase "Bless Your Heart" That We All Need To Adopt ASAPThe little black dress of linguistics.by L. BrooksCommunity ContributorApproved and edited by BuzzFeed Community TeamFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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." Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF @netflix / Via giphy.com 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: 1. To show genuine concern Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF @sunrecords / Via giphy.com Sarah: "I've had a really hard day. I got a flat tire on my way to work, then I failed a pop quiz in class." Alex: "Oh no, Sarah! Bless your heart. That sounds so stressful." 2. To show shock or scandal Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF @chrisleyknowsbest / Via giphy.com Sarah: "Alex, did you hear about Derek? He and Kevin broke up – and right before the big dance, too! And now Derek's taking Kevin's cousin as his date, instead!" Alex: "No way! Bless it – that's such juicy gossip." 3. To show frustration or as a replacement for cursing Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF FOX / Via giphy.com Sarah: "Did you finish your homework?" Alex: "We had homework? Ugh, bless it all to heck. Guess I'm getting a zero on that assignment." 4. To be passive-aggressive or condescending Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF @ilovekelliepickler / Via giphy.com Sarah: "Yeah, my boyfriend moved in with me, but he didn't even know how to do his laundry!" Alex: "Well, bless his heart – he can't do anything right, can he?" 5. To show affection Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF FOX / Via giphy.com Sarah: "I bought you an iced coffee!" Alex: "Oh, bless your heart. You're my BFF." 6. To be petty Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF FOX / Via giphy.com Sarah: "Remember that girl who was always yelling at the barista about her Starbucks order?" Alex: "Yeah, what about her?" Sarah: "Ironically, she just had to get a job at Starbucks. Bless her heart, I wonder how she'll feel now that she has to put up with people complaining to her." 7. To wish someone good luck Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF @chrisleyknowsbest / Via giphy.com Alex: "I'm so nervous because I have a job interview tomorrow." Sarah: "Oh, bless you. You'll do great!" 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 Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF YouTube Red / Via giphy.com Alex: "....so my brother-in-law went on vacation, but he forgot to pack his favorite shirt! He was so excited about getting selfies in that shirt, so he was devastated. He brought his second-favorite shirt, but still... (blah, blah blah)."Sarah: "Oh, right. Hm. Yeah, bless his heart." Well, bless – would you look at that? We're at the end of the list. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF @hells-kitchen / Via giphy.com How else have you heard (or said), "Bless your heart?" I personally use the petty version at least twice a day. Add your favorite uses for this Southern phrase in the comments!