A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Thu, 18 Nov '21
In which four raised fingers and a curved thumb is "B," in brief
Tue, 5 Oct '21
Communication at Gallaudet Univ.
Mon, 4 Oct '21
Handy way of communicating, in brief?
Mon, 30 Aug '21
Means of communication in "A Quiet Place," in brief