Each time you remove a letter from it, it remains an English word - from 9 letters right down to a single letter!
What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing one letter at a time?
I'd say that I have a prize for the smartest, fastest reader, but really, I'm not gonna send you anything...if I know you IRL I'll buy you a drink, how's that? If not-well, you'll just be my favorite reader of the day. >8)