A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

TOAD

Mon, 25 Oct '21
Warty fly-catcher
Fri, 27 Aug '21
Resident of Nintendo's Mushroom Kingdom
Sun, 23 May '21
___-in-the-hole (British dish)
Wed, 14 Apr '21
Ally in Super Mario games
Tue, 6 Apr '21
Little croaker
Wed, 20 Jan '21
___ Hall ("The Wind in the Willows" residence)