A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

WERE

Sun, 6 Feb '22
"___ Hiring" (business sign)
Wed, 2 Feb '22
Lead-in to wolf
Tue, 23 Nov '21
"What ___ you thinking?"
Fri, 3 Sep '21
"Now ___ even"
Tue, 16 Mar '21
"Now, where ___ we?"