A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

INIT

Sun, 12 Jun '22
Still having a shot at winning
Fri, 20 May '22
Contending
Mon, 11 Apr '22
___ for the long haul
Wed, 2 Mar '22
Monogram part: Abbr.
Sat, 6 Nov '21
Still alive, so to speak