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BluePatriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 01:20 PM
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31. Usually a backhanded compliment sort of thing
...dripping with sugar, venom, and a mild Southern twang...

*shrug*

Actually it depends on the context. I normally hear it used as per below.

"Jane broke her leg." "Oh! Bless her heart!" = "Oh! Poor thing!"

Check this out:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bless+yo...

1: phrase used by Southern women to excuse themselves for speaking ill of someone else.

2: an expression of sympathy or pity.

3: a polite way to respond to an ignoramus, particularly male, who showers upon you flattering but unwanted compliments.

1: "She's as ugly as a mud-fence, bless her heart."

2: "Well, bless your heart, that must have been terrible!"

3: drunk fella: "I think you're beautiful! Even if you were ugly, I'd STILL think you were beautiful!"

recipient: "...bless your heart."

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