Another lesson I learned while in Cairo came from an American Ex-pat from “the south”. (Atlanta area I believe).
Apparently in her culture, you can say just about anything negative about some one as long as you preface it or follow up with “bless his|her|their heart(s)”.
He is dumber than a box of hair, bless his heart.
Bless her heart, but isn’t she just a tramp?
Invaluable code really. The Good Doctor and I have just shortened it to
Bless his/her heart
when we want to express some negative thoughts about someone.