A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

ERNST

Wed, 18 May '22
Dada pioneer Max
Sat, 30 Apr '22
John Steinbeck's middle name
Mon, 31 Jan '22
Iowa senator Joni
Sun, 24 Oct '21
Young partner?
Mon, 10 May '21
___ & Young (accounting firm)