A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

PLEA

Wed, 14 Sep '22
"Not guilty," e.g.
Thu, 26 May '22
Earnest request
Sun, 13 Mar '22
Word that, fittingly, contains all four different letters of APPEAL
Sat, 9 Oct '21
"Help!," for example
Fri, 24 Sep '21
"No contest," for one
Mon, 13 Sep '21
Urgent request
Sun, 21 Feb '21
"I beg of you," e.g.