A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

MOS

Sun, 27 Nov '22
Rapper ___ Def
Sat, 29 Oct '22
Ways of doing things, for short
Sat, 2 Apr '22
1-12: Abbr.
Tue, 27 Jul '21
Rapper ___ Def
Sat, 17 Apr '21
Several of them are named for gods: Abbr.