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Lookups spiked 1,600% on February 5, 2019
Bipartisan spiked in lookups during the State of the Union address given by President Trump on February 5th, 2019, after numerous commenters and commentators used the word in reference to the President's speech.
First real bipartisan roar in the crowd when Trump notes more women are serving in Congress than ever before— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 6, 2019
President Trump says "no one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58% of the newly-created jobs," and receives enthusiastic, bipartisan applause #SOTU pic.twitter.com/BKjxxI8blP— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 6, 2019
Bipartisan is defined as “of, relating to, or involving members of two parties,” or, in specific, “marked by or involving cooperation, agreement, and compromise between two major political parties.” The word has been in use since the late 19th century.
Some scholar ought to prepare and publish a manual of legislative or political English. What can be more ridiculous than to call such a legislative committee as has been investigating the Cincinnati election frauds “non-partisan!” The three Democrats on the committee bring in one report, the three Republicans another. Why not call it a “bi-partisan” committee, and be honest?
—The Los Angeles Times, 9 May 1886
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