Readers of Word Ways know that a Beheadment is the removal of the first letter of a word to generate a new word: SWORDMANSHIP - S = WORDMANSHIP. Similarly, a Curtailment is the removal of the last letter: GAMINESS - S = GAMINES (defined in Webster's Third as "tomboys").
Beaman, Ralph G.
Word Ways: Vol. 7
, Article 14.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol7/iss3/14