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Intransigence

When:

Lookups spiked on December 11, 2013.

Why:

Numerous media reports used "intransigence" in describing opposition to a bipartisan budget deal that Congress eventually passed.

For example, from the LA Times: "After the ineptitude and intransigence on display in October's government shutdown, congressional leaders had nowhere to go but up."

And from the Seattle Times: "Boehner said the GOP leadership has had enough tea party-driven intransigence in Congress and he doesn't care what tea party organizations think."

Intransigence means "refusal to compromise or to abandon an extreme position or attitude." It comes from the Spanish word that means "uncompromising" and ultimately from the Latin word that means "to come to an agreement."

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