A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

ESSE

Wed, 3 Nov '21
Agere sequitur ___ ("action follows being": Lat.)
Wed, 6 Oct '21
"___ quam videri" ("To be rather than to seem")
Thu, 15 Jul '21
To be: Lat.
Fri, 7 May '21
Ab ___ (absent, in Latin)