A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

TALC

Mon, 22 Aug '22
Soft mineral
Mon, 13 Jun '22
Light white powder
Sat, 9 Apr '22
Rear guard?
Wed, 2 Feb '22
Main component of soapstone
Sat, 25 Dec '21
More familiar name for hydrated magnesium silicate
Fri, 24 Dec '21
One end of the Mohs scale
Wed, 24 Nov '21
Barbershop supply
Sun, 30 May '21
Powder in the powder room
Sun, 21 Feb '21
What goes right to the bottom?