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    Default Why is the word "Centurion" so widely misspelled?

    ...with an A???

    There is never, and never has been a CenturiAn.

    WHY, though, do we see this error in countless instances? I even remember seeing it in a published book!!
    Adam Martin
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    1970 Buick Skylark Custom 455 Coupe


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    I agree, Adam. I always cringe a bit when I see "Centurion" spelled "Centurian". In general, there's alot of sloppy spelling out there -- especially online.

    I've also met a few Buick owners along the way, including two Centurion original owners, who pronounce the name differently.

    The first pronunciation shown in Merriam-Webster online is the way I've always said it:

    sen-'chur-E-&n

    But these folks pronounce it as follows:

    sen-'tyur-E-&n

    or

    sen-'tur-E-&n

    Has anyone else encountered this pronunciation?
    Brian Laurance, BCA # 5168
    A Centurion driver since December, 1970

    1971 Centurion Formal Coupe

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    The last pronunciation is very similar to the ch-sounding one.....I think a lot of that has to do with dialect.

    There is the ever-present sen-'chur -E-ahn, where there is unnecessary stress on the O. It seems unnatural to say it like this.
    Adam Martin
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    1970 Buick Skylark Custom 455 Coupe


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    One of my "favorites" was when the Centurions were still fairly new and I found one advertised in the local newspaper as a 72 Buick Futurion 4 door. I wished I had saved the ad! Rivieras and LeSabres have the same identity problem and are frequently butchered to this day with various spellings -- Riveria, LaSabre, LaSaber, etc. so the Centurions are not the only ones that are subject to this quirk.
    Bob Alberini BCA 3038
    Columbus, OH
    Centurion owner since 1973

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