A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

HERO

Sun, 19 May '24
Widely admired person
Mon, 27 Nov '23
Villain's opposite
Fri, 30 Jun '23
"My ___!"
Tue, 28 Mar '23
Many a Marvel character
Wed, 8 Mar '23
Lunch that saves the day?
Sat, 4 Feb '23
Villain's foil
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