A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

DUE

Mon, 16 May '22
Needing to be paid
Sun, 1 May '22
Owed
Sun, 22 Aug '21
Directly
Fri, 6 Aug '21
Just deserts
Tue, 11 May '21
Expected
Sat, 6 Feb '21
___ process
Mon, 4 Jan '21
Payment ___