The Adorable Way Jimmy Carter Says 'I Love You' to His Wife of 67 Years

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 11:25 AM PDT, October 08, 2014
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Former President Jimmy Carter has been married to his wife Rosalynn for 67 years, but they were always ahead of the times, even back in the day.

Proving that acronyms didn't start with teens, Jimmy and Rosalynn had one of their own, "ILYTG."

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When Jimmy was a Naval officer in the 1940s, he used the abbreviation for his love. He tells People what those five letters mean, "I love you the goodest. That's what my mother and daddy used to say back and forth, and I picked it up with Rosa."

The message took off with his family, as he says, "Now all our children do the same thing—ILYTG on the phone or in emails. They generally just put the initials." But even Jimmy is not safe from acronym confusion, "And sometimes they change the initials and make you guess what they're talking about."

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You can see the "ILYTG" letters on a compact that Jimmy gave to Rosalynn at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.

Can we get an "awwww?"

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