A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

ETHER

Fri, 1 Apr '22
Upper atmosphere
Thu, 17 Mar '22
Air up there
Sun, 27 Feb '22
Onetime dentist's supply
Sun, 19 Dec '21
Reduce in volume / As new
Sat, 18 Dec '21
Heavens
Sat, 17 Apr '21
Clear sky
Thu, 8 Apr '21
Upper atmosphere, with "the"
Fri, 26 Mar '21
Fifth element, to Aristotle
Wed, 13 Jan '21
Thin air