A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

DES

Mon, 7 Mar '22
___ Moines, Iowa
Sun, 9 Jan '22
___ Plaines, Ill.
Tue, 4 Jan '22
___ Moines, Iowa
Sun, 31 Oct '21
___ Moines
Tue, 15 Jun '21
___ Plaines, Ill.
Fri, 30 Apr '21
Start of some French surnames