A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

APES

Sun, 1 May '22
Does the same as
Tue, 28 Dec '21
Big lugs
Wed, 27 Oct '21
Imitates
Mon, 16 Aug '21
King Kong and others
Sun, 15 Aug '21
The avant-garde "artists" Congo and Pierre Brassau
Tue, 20 Jul '21
Chimps and bonobos
Wed, 17 Feb '21
Animals found in 16-, 20-, 35-, 51- and 58-Across
Fri, 22 Jan '21
Some sign language users