A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

ALAS

Mon, 20 May '24
"What a pity"
Sat, 4 May '24
Lead-in to bad news
Mon, 15 Apr '24
Word expressing woe
Wed, 20 Mar '24
Sighed aside
Mon, 18 Mar '24
"Unfortunately …"
Sun, 24 Dec '23
"Regrettably …"
Sun, 12 Nov '23
"Sorry to say …"
Wed, 23 Aug '23
"Ah, so it goes"
Mon, 5 Jun '23
Lead-in to disappointing news
Mon, 29 May '23
"___, poor Yorick!": Shak.
Sun, 9 Apr '23
"What a pity!"
Sat, 14 Jan '23
Word of woe
Fri, 9 Dec '22
"Sad to say"
Mon, 26 Sep '22
"Too bad, so sad!"
Thu, 15 Sep '22
[Sigh]
Sun, 28 Aug '22
"So it goes"
Sat, 27 Aug '22
"___ the day!" (exclamation from "Twelfth Night")
Wed, 13 Jul '22
"Ah, me!"
Sun, 5 Jun '22
[sigh]
Fri, 18 Feb '22
Lead-in to some regrets
Fri, 11 Feb '22
Word of regret
Tue, 8 Feb '22
[sigh]
Sat, 22 Jan '22
Regrettably
Thu, 13 Jan '22
[Sigh]
Fri, 24 Dec '21
"___ poor Romeo!": Shak.
Mon, 20 Dec '21
Cry of pity
Wed, 20 Oct '21
"So it goes"
Sun, 1 Aug '21
Exclamation after a sigh
Tue, 22 Jun '21
"So sad"
Mon, 15 Mar '21
"Sadly ..."
Sat, 6 Mar '21
"That's the way the cookie crumbles"
Tue, 9 Feb '21
Expression of grief