beheadment

beheadment

- The removal of an initial letter of a word to form a new word (e.g. blather becomes lather).
See also related terms for removal.
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Swell = well, rise, pushed up from below or by filling [swell as above; well = well up <waterhole <G for a wave] Well is also a beheadment of swell.
stroll troll roll (serial beheadment synonyms, unrelated)
As an aside, here's another serial beheadment, but this time it's sentential rather than all synonyms.
DELETION (cf Beheadment, Curtailment, Charitable and Transdeletions)
I especially liked Three Lambs, the Post beheadment contest (I plan to have a go at this fun game later), iTit, Top Country Songs, the Mo-Urban Dictionary quotes, Male or Female, and your great lines "caught between Iraq and a hard place" and "better stop .
2) Somewhat oppositely, what common five-letter word with an e in the middle becomes, on beheadment, a four-letter word with a different e sound and then, after the beheaded letter is reinstated and the second letter deleted, becomes another four-letter with yet a third e sound.
8) Beheadment opposites, words that, when their first letter is lopped off, become their own opposites:
It's a bit like Spoonerisms and beheadment synonyms (04-129).
Susan Thorpe writes "In the November 2004 Kickshaws, Dave Morice offered Beheadment Homophones for words beginning with the bigrams AA, EE, GN, KN, LL, PS, SC, WH and WR.
KNIGHT-NIGHT, KNAVE-NAVE beheadment homophones; two longer words have contrasting meanings
This and most of the following beheadment pairs are nearer true synonyms than all but a few of the homographic (same spelling) pairs in 04-45.
I've been collecting both and presented several definitive single letter substitutions, which I call "word stools" or single-step word ladders, in 02-288 (eg, add and, too two, ban bar, sip nip, wear gear; quelled fuelled [antonyms]),and several beheadments as "cheater's coincidental selfish synonyms" in 04-129 (eg, brim rim, chunk hunk, crumple rumple, factual actual, hedge edge, zax ax).