A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

FEW

Tue, 26 Apr '22
Hardly any
Fri, 11 Mar '22
Smattering
Fri, 31 Dec '21
Sprinkling
Wed, 15 Sep '21
Not many
Fri, 16 Apr '21
Quantity that sounds like an expression of relief
Wed, 30 Dec '20
Adjective in a U.S. Marines ad