Have you noticed how you can say anything you want about someone, as long as you follow it up with “Bless ’em”?
Seriously, most of the time you are harmlessly discussing someone – a celebrity, a mutual friend, your children – and drop in random “bless ’em”s all over the place, thinking nothing of it. Then you get on to someone you really, really don’t like, or find annoying, or are even just not quite sure of. And immediately after feeling bad for saying “x, y or z”, you make yourself feel better by saying “bless ’em”. I’m not quite sure what the psychology is. Am I trying to kid myself into thinking I am talking affectionately or objectively about this person?
Anyway, now that I’ve noticed this, I shall watch what I am saying about people. Probably.