A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

HERO

Fri, 28 Oct '22
Subway fare?
Sun, 5 Dec '21
Grinder
Wed, 20 Oct '21
Knight in shining armor
Fri, 13 Aug '21
"My ___!"
Tue, 13 Jul '21
Ticker-tape parade honoree
Tue, 8 Jun '21
Footlong, maybe