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I was always taught that it should, but the Wikipedia article doesn't use the accent at all. I'm British — is it an American thing to ignore the accent? I am preparing some content for an American music site and I'd like to be accurate for as much of the world as possible.

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This is more of a linguistic than a musical question... IMHO if a word has an accent then you should write it –  Clemens Apr 25 '13 at 7:37
    
Well it obviously comes from the French so either, the é is to be kept as in "cliché" or maybe the word evolved differently in your countries, which happens all the time. Either way, I'm French so I guess I'm not on the most suited to answer this question. –  Chipsgoumerde Apr 25 '13 at 7:45
    
There is an acute accent over the e, which eludes me on my keyboard ! But, I don't think it would be used if written 'barred'. I'm off to find an AZERTY board, like the French use. –  Tim Apr 25 '13 at 15:32
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If you're using a Mac, it's Alt+E, then the e again. Alt+130 on the numpad for PC. –  lukech Apr 25 '13 at 15:59
    
I don't think this should be closed. Formally trained musicians are expected to know and understand the relevant terminology and I think this sort of question is both germane and answerable here, even if it would also be appropriate on a language site. (I've cleaned up the comments a bit.) –  Matthew Read Apr 29 '13 at 20:07
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The New Oxford American Dictionary says:

bar•ré |bäˈrā| noun Music

a method of playing a chord on the guitar or similar instrument with a finger laid across the strings at a particular fret, raising their pitch.

ORIGIN late 19th cent.: French, literally ‘barred,’ past participle of barrer.


I never realized that the "é" is supposed to have an accent and is supposed to be stressed. I've always pronounced it like the English "bar", which I now realize was not the original pronunciation.

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Then I'm glad to hear that I enlightened you :) –  lukech Apr 25 '13 at 12:13
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