The New Word “Adahmeve”

Now, how dearly we need the word adahmeve! The Supreme Court of the United States has just ruled that same-gender persons can obtain a marriage license anywhere in the country. With that ruling, those five justices have altered our language, divorcing the word marriage from those who have honored the husband-wife relationship. That divorce has been forced upon us, especially repugnant to those who cherish that relationship. If we do nothing, no longer will we have a word for that union of a man and a woman.

This couple was admeved in the Los Angeles Temple (LDS), with a reception in Long Beach, in 1978

What does it mean, the word adahmeve? Marriage between a man and a woman. It carries no government authority, but this relationship has carried civilizations throughout history. It gives no special tax advantage, but its fruit, human life, has given us the only source for taxation: people. It no longer appears to be respected by many Americans, but its highest achievements have created Americans who have been respected for generations.

What can you do? Use the word when you refer to a husband-wife marriage. Say “adahmeve” out loud. It is now the only word we have specifically for that relationship.

Here is the pronunciation of the verb form (We used to say “marry”:


Here is the adjective (We used to say marital):




The Husband-Wife Relationship

It seems hardly anyone noticed that the legalization of “same sex” marriage would take away from society the word that was specific to husband-wife. That adulteration of the word has already begun, and just when we most needed to support traditional marriage.


About Jonathan Whitcomb

I support the preservation of the original definition of "marriage," that institution between man and woman that has given us human life for countless generations.
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