A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

OPAL

Mon, 22 Nov '21
Iridescent gem
Tue, 19 Oct '21
October birthstone
Sun, 26 Sep '21
Tometi who co-founded Black Lives Matter
Wed, 8 Sep '21
___ glass (translucent ornamental material)
Wed, 28 Jul '21
Gem that's a woman's name
Sun, 23 May '21
Birthstone for Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez