A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

RIOT

Sun, 24 Oct '21
Laugh and a half
Mon, 13 Sep '21
Hilarious person
Sun, 15 Aug '21
Real cutup
Thu, 12 Aug '21
With 51-Across, something to "read"
Mon, 2 Aug '21
Laugh ___ (something very funny)
Sun, 9 May '21
Hilarious sort
Fri, 23 Apr '21
Laughfest
Fri, 9 Apr '21
Hoot
Wed, 27 Jan '21
Nonstop joker
Sun, 10 Jan '21
___ shield