My random thought for today! My first introduction to accents was when learning French in the first year of secondary school. I came across other accents when in Germany doing National Service in 1958-9. English which we're told comes from the Anglo-Saxon and Norman French does fairly well without the benefit of accents. English is also very free to taking in words from other languages, and seems to be the stronger for it. French, on the other hand, has strict rules, as does Welsh, and to me these rules seem to hinder these languages keeping up with modern and evolving usage. Do accents help or hinder, and does our use of the English qwerty keyboard have a bearing on what we think?