A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

PEST

Sat, 13 Aug '22
___ control
Tue, 5 Apr '22
Nuisance
Sat, 26 Mar '22
Headache
Sat, 5 Mar '22
Bother
Wed, 2 Mar '22
Annoyance
Sat, 26 Feb '22
Noodge
Sun, 30 Jan '22
Royal pain
Thu, 27 Jan '22
Dennis the Menace, e.g.
Fri, 26 Nov '21
Small headache
Tue, 19 Oct '21
Persistent little sibling, maybe