Writing about The Golem and the Jinni, a first novel by Helene Wecker that was featured on the front page of The New York Times Sunday Book Review last week, Susann Cokal used biddable, a favorite word of dog breeders and trainers, to describe the character of a golem in Wecker's novel.

"In the rabbi’s experience," Cokal writes, "golems can be biddable, but once they awaken to the taste for destruction they become unstoppable and must themselves be destroyed."

Biddable is an old word of Scottish origin that means "obedient" or, more precisely, how "able" (or likely) a creature is to do your "bidding." On biddable's Vocabulary.com Dictionary page, you can see that our usage tracker shows it cropping up in the context of children trained to be models, ego-free dogs, and a discussion of humans versus wild animals as the subject of nature shows on TV.

Come across any outstanding words in your reading this week? Stop to look anything up? Share the word you encountered in a comment below!