A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

GALA

Thu, 26 May '22
Event with a dress code
Tue, 19 Apr '22
Many a big charity event
Fri, 21 Jan '22
Many a fund-raising event
Wed, 12 Jan '22
Posh shindig
Thu, 29 Apr '21
Big do
Mon, 26 Apr '21
Soiree, say
Fri, 16 Apr '21
Soiree, say
Mon, 22 Feb '21
Black-tie charity event, maybe