A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

AFT

Sun, 11 Sep '22
Rearward, to a rear admiral
Fri, 29 Jul '22
Not forward
Tue, 28 Jun '22
Toward the stern
Fri, 24 Jun '22
Toward the tail
Thu, 5 May '22
Sternward
Fri, 10 Dec '21
Back on board
Fri, 19 Nov '21
Like the mizzenmast
Mon, 8 Nov '21
Toward the stern
Fri, 22 Oct '21
Direction of many a lavatory on a plane
Mon, 16 Aug '21
Toward the stern
Fri, 28 May '21
Early p.m.
Wed, 5 May '21
Rearward
Sun, 21 Mar '21
Back in the U.S.S.?
Fri, 12 Mar '21
Toward the tiller