Bless Your Heart - 24 Phrases Only Southerners Use - Southernliving. It can be deployed sincerely, but if you’re hearing “bless your heart” in the South, it probably has an edge to it. It’s almost always accompanied by a good-natured, perhaps slightly exasperated, shake of the head. Don’t worry, though, everyone hears this every now and again.
Hush Your Mouth - 24 Phrases Only Southerners Use - Southernliving. Grandma might whisper this one over her hymnal if she sees you cutting up in church on Sunday morning. We admit that we’ve heard this Southernism more than once.