A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

URSA

Thu, 26 May '22
___ Major
Tue, 29 Mar '22
Major or Minor in astronomy?
Thu, 24 Mar '22
___ Minor
Fri, 21 Jan '22
___ Minor
Sun, 5 Dec '21
___ Minor
Mon, 25 Oct '21
___ Major (the Big Dipper)
Sun, 9 May '21
Major part of the night sky?
Wed, 24 Feb '21
___ Major