Let's face it: English has a bunch of verbs that we just don't use that much anymore. In my experience with writing just small bits of fiction here and there for English class, in role playing, or just writing for myself, I find that sometimes a verb we use frequently in modern English with an adverb tacked on behind it (or your preferred method of imagery) just doesn't have the same flow in a sentence as something a little older or obscure. For example: The bird's nest was covered with scattered feathers. The bird's nest was bestrewn with feathers. Now, obviously you would not want to make your readers go look through a dictionary every two sentences, but I feel that a few obscure verbs here and there to help the flow of a passage when nothing else seems to have the same effect could be beneficial. What are your thoughts on using uncommon or older words in modern writing?