A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

TIER

Tue, 23 Aug '22
Part of a wedding cake
Sun, 24 Jul '22
Level
Thu, 12 May '22
Mezzanine, e.g.
Sun, 10 Apr '22
Class
Tue, 8 Mar '22
Level
Tue, 1 Feb '22
Stadium level
Sun, 30 Jan '22
Level
Sat, 18 Dec '21
Top-___
Fri, 10 Dec '21
Level
Wed, 4 Aug '21
Seating section
Sat, 19 Jun '21
Piece of cake?
Sun, 13 Jun '21
Rank
Wed, 12 May '21
Piece of cake?
Sat, 17 Apr '21
Ranking component
Thu, 8 Apr '21
Category
Tue, 26 Jan '21
Cake layer
Wed, 13 Jan '21
Top ___