"Bless your heart" and other backhanded phrases?
September 26, 2009 6:50 PM Subscribe
"Well, bless your heart!" and "How nice for you!" are two of my favorite barely-veiled criticisms. Can you provide me with some more?
posted by MonkeyToes to Writing & Language (151 answers total) 297 users marked this as a favorite
nails it when he calls such statements the most "infuriating, condescending, passive-aggressive SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE thing you can say." I am looking for other examples of this kind of phrase, which seems to be a Southern specialty.
I am *not* looking for flat-out insults, but for subtle ways to make one's opinion known in a socially acceptable manner.
What is your saying, and how have you deployed it? Bonus points for regional usage.