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Old 08-25-2009, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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So... last week I was in Baltimore waiting for the train down to DC when I started chit-chatting with a woman from Denver. We got to talking and she asked me where I am from, because apparently I don't sound like I have an accent from any one place in particular. I guess that comes from living in so many different places - I sound very bland. When I told her I'd lived in NJ but now live in Charlotte, I think she was hoping for some sort of "fuhgetaboutit y'all" craziness!!! Her term - I thought her perception of how people think people from NJ and NC must sound was interesting. It was also her first visit to the East Coast!

I know that gets away from the OP's topic of phrases, but I thought it was a cute little anecdote to share.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:01 PM
 
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"BLess his/her heart" is only to be used after an insult. For example, "Bubba is a lying piece of crap. Bless his heart".
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg NC
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Grew up in central PA and we use "God love ya" like Southerners use "bless your heart". I don't know if it's just my family but that's what we do, truthfully I like bless your heart better. For some reason it just sounds better to me.
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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Grew up in central PA and we use "God love ya" like Southerners use "bless your heart". I don't know if it's just my family but that's what we do, truthfully I like bless your heart better. For some reason it just sounds better to me.
Yea, you know these days using the word God isn't politically correct anyway.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I find it a little funny how people use language. I believe the people who are using "bless your heart" or "God love ya" as an insult are trying to avoid sounding harsh or negative. I think using these phrases as insults is much worse than actually saying something negative or angry towards a person. The intent of the phrase is what should really count, not the way in which it is worded.
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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I find it a little funny how people use language. I believe the people who are using "bless your heart" or "God love ya" as an insult are trying to avoid sounding harsh or negative. I think using these phrases as insults is much worse than actually saying something negative or angry towards a person. The intent of the phrase is what should really count, not the way in which it is worded.
I find it interesting that you should try to validate the saying which probably originated 300 years ago bless your heat.

It can also be also used in the following manner: "He just can't seem to get it together, bless his heart". So actually, it has different meanings. The intent of either version is to show sympathy while pointing out shortcomings.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I find it interesting that you should try to validate the saying which probably originated 300 years ago bless your heat.

It can also be also used in the following manner: "He just can't seem to get it together, bless his heart". So actually, it has different meanings. The intent of either version is to show sympathy while pointing out shortcomings.
Yeah, maybe some people use it that way. Others, like my coworker, use it to call people a complete moron without actually using the words "complete moron".

Bless your heart.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Huntersville,N.C.
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These phrases i didnt undertstand at first;

"i'm not being UGLY"

"he/she is a mess"

It took me a month to figure these out

But i love the southern heritage


"oh me"
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:14 PM
 
Location: SCCL, Lancaster, SC
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Our grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles brought so much happiness to us didn't they. Isn't it wonderful to relive those memories. I love your Mercy Days!! Hope you will use this term with your grans

Dunroven
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:18 PM
 
Location: SCCL, Lancaster, SC
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my favorite: "gaumed up" . . .anything that is "messed up" as well as anything that is dirty or has a substance smeared on it. I have rarely heard anyone say this in the last two or so decades, unless Southerners are talking to each other and purposely using obscure phrases - so everyone can enjoy hearing them again.

Love it can't say I ever heard it but perhaps someone else will use it with their grans and carry it on to another generation!

Dunroven
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