I haven't noticed this before, maybe it's something new. I have a long title, probably too long and the first two words in the title are followed by a colon. When I search for keywords that occur near the end of the title, only the part of the title after the colon is displayed in the SERPs.
Try to keep your titles limited to 60 characters to be sure they don’t get truncated. You can sometimes go up to 67 characters without truncation. The space used is not a function of the number of characters, however. It’s related to how much can fit. If you have more narrow letters you can get away with more characters. Wide characters take up more space. The letter W, for example, takes up more space than the letter I. I find 60 characters to be a safe way to be sure.
I realize you said the front part was cut off. It’s possible that Google truncates the least important part, especially if you use special characters such as the colon.
It’s best to avoid special characters in titles. Various search engines treat these differently.
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