A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

AFT

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