I have recently learned a couple of new words while reading The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry:
Esplanade: any open, level space, especially one serving for public walks or drives.
Here is how esplanade was used on page 21:
The condo Zee shared with Michael had one of the best views in Boston, the perfect place to see the light show, though you couldn't hear the Pops from here-you'd have to be on the esplanade for that.
Verdigris: a green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time, consisting principally of basic copper sulfate.
Here is how verdigris was used on page 95:
The second-floor condo was windowed, sunny, and historically perfect, with the same green-over-gray shade of verdigris that had been used in the sitting room of the House of the Seven Gables.
So have you learned anything new in your reading adventures this week?