A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

IDOL

Mon, 1 Aug '22
False god
Mon, 6 Jun '22
Celebrity who's adored
Mon, 23 May '22
Worshiped figure
Wed, 30 Mar '22
"American ___"
Tue, 29 Mar '22
"White Wedding" singer Billy
Wed, 19 Jan '22
Some people bow to it
Thu, 26 Aug '21
Statue of Ganesha, e.g.
Thu, 15 Jul '21
Fan fave
Wed, 9 Jun '21
Golden calf, e.g.