A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

SLIT

Thu, 5 May '22
Pupil of a cat's eye, often
Wed, 15 Dec '21
Cut of a dress, maybe
Fri, 5 Nov '21
Paper cut, e.g.
Sun, 15 Aug '21
Thin incision
Tue, 3 Aug '21
Feature of some dresses
Mon, 19 Apr '21
Opening made by a letter opener