It doesn't have to be difficult I guess if you've properly set up compose keys in your keyboard layout, but I still tend to go back and forth between having dead keys on mine...
But an OSD keyboard indeed has the benefit of direct visual feedback due to its ability to easily group keys and change its appearance on-the-fly, and just swiping slightly to pick a variant.
That's an interesting example!
Especially when you consider that 'furniture' apparently comes from #MiddleFrench 'fourniture', and that #French itself also has 'meubles'.
I wonder if it has anything to do with how furniture was used? Was #English furniture bulkier and thus its focus was more on 'furnishing', rather than being 'movable' (French 'meuble', and Latin 'mōbilis' before that)?
Looking at the list of translations, the Latin form seems to be predominant: https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/furniture#Translations
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