A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

SAW

Mon, 7 Nov '22
Toothed tool
Thu, 12 May '22
Ending with rip or whip
Sun, 12 Dec '21
Maxim
Sat, 11 Dec '21
Spotted
Tue, 30 Nov '21
Noticed
Sun, 4 Apr '21
It might get pulled in both directions