A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

MASON

Wed, 19 Oct '22
Employee at a brick-and-mortar business
Mon, 27 Jun '22
"Perry ___" (classic legal drama)
Sun, 5 Dec '21
Kind of jar
Fri, 19 Feb '21
Kind of jar
Sat, 16 Jan '21
Layperson?