A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

NEAR

Sun, 5 May '24
Close
Sun, 25 Feb '24
___ beer (nonalcoholic beverage)
Mon, 12 Feb '24
Close by
Tue, 6 Feb '24
Close at hand
Tue, 19 Dec '23
Close by
Sun, 22 Oct '23
Approach
Wed, 14 Jun '23
A block or so away, say
Sun, 4 Jun '23
By
Tue, 24 Jan '23
In the area
Thu, 5 Jan '23
Within reach
Sun, 3 Jul '22
Approach
Wed, 22 Jun '22
Close by
Mon, 13 Jun '22
"___, far, wherever you are" (Celine Dion lyric)
Wed, 26 Jan '22
Dear's rhyming partner
Thu, 9 Dec '21
"Warm"
Mon, 1 Nov '21
In the neighborhood
Sun, 22 Aug '21
Almost
Thu, 8 Jul '21
"Warm"