What is the longest dictionary word you can spell where continuing to remove the final letter will still result in a dictionary word.

e.g. ate [dictionary word], at [last letter 'e' removed still a dictionary word], a [last letter 't' removed]

No reason for this question, I am just curious.

closed as too broad by Edwin Ashworth, Urbycoz, RegDwigнt Aug 19 '14 at 10:43

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    Noooooooooooooooo! – Lord Soth Aug 19 '14 at 9:12
  • @LordSoth That's not a word. – Kris Aug 19 '14 at 9:43
  • Is this Q on topic on ELU? – Kris Aug 19 '14 at 9:44
  • A VERY nice puzzle, but not on topic. But, don't vote to remove it! – Fattie Aug 19 '14 at 10:38
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    @RegDwigнt, Edwin Ashworth and Urbycoz. Really? This question is too broad? One answer, and that's proof there are too many possible answers. As for the Matryoshka words, the answers conclude/start with three-letter words and there are only two answers which kinda fit. Ack! No fun on ELU. – Mari-Lou A Aug 19 '14 at 11:16

My English companion came up with this clever solution when I was looking for the word that covered a horse's saddle, rein and bit during a private lesson

  • livery A distinctive uniform worn by the male servants of a household.
  • liver A large, reddish-brown, glandular vertebrate organ located in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity that secretes bile
  • live To be alive; exist.
  • liv adj. being four more than fifty
  • Li The symbol for the element lithium, and a traditional Chinese measure of distance, today standardized at 500 meters
  • L The symbol for the Roman numeral 50.
  • But that's not remove the last letter consecutively. The O.P. is looking for that order specifically. – Neeku Aug 19 '14 at 7:59
  • @Neeku I've changed my answer! :) – Mari-Lou A Aug 19 '14 at 10:28
  • Cool. (: I wonder if there's any other one longer than that. I sent an answer previously which I deleted later as soon as I noticed the O.P. wants the other way around from the end, and you can actually feed a dictionary to a code and make it find that for you. I don't have access to my own PC to try it. – Neeku Aug 19 '14 at 10:35
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    Man, I hate people who are that good with word puzzles! – Fattie Aug 19 '14 at 10:38
  • Roman Numerals and Elemental Symbols aren't English words. – Oldcat Aug 19 '14 at 21:15

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