A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

DIRE

Sun, 1 May '22
Ominous
Fri, 15 Apr '22
Critical
Wed, 2 Feb '22
Grim
Sun, 26 Sep '21
Not looking good at all
Tue, 15 Jun '21
Warning of disaster
Fri, 8 Jan '21
Pressing
Sun, 3 Jan '21
Very serious