One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a class of recalcitrant fifteen-year-olds’
uncooperative, obstinately disobedient, intractable, unmanageable, ungovernable, refractory, insubordinate, defiant, rebellious, mutinous, wilful, wayward, headstrong, self-willed, contrary, perverse, difficult, awkward, obdurate
British informal bloody-minded, bolshie, stroppy
archaic contumacious, froward
rare renitent, pervicacious
amenable, docile, compliant
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