A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

DES

Fri, 10 May '24
"Of the," abroad
Thu, 25 Apr '24
From, in France
Sat, 29 Jul '23
Bleu ___ Causses (cheese)
Sat, 10 Jun '23
From overseas?
Sat, 20 May '23
___ Peres, suburb of St. Louis
Sun, 29 Jan '23
___ Plaines, Ill.
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