A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

PREP

Fri, 3 Jun '22
Gear up
Sun, 10 Apr '22
Get ready for dinner
Sun, 27 Feb '22
School for the college-bound
Wed, 16 Feb '22
Get ready
Sun, 26 Dec '21
___ course
Fri, 10 Dec '21
School for the college-bound, informally
Sun, 19 Sep '21
Ready
Thu, 22 Jul '21
Dicing onions, mincing garlic, etc.
Mon, 28 Jun '21
Get ready for a test, say
Mon, 14 Jun '21
Get ready, as for surgery
Sun, 6 Jun '21
Task for a sous-chef
Sun, 16 May '21
Slice and dice, say