A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

MESS

Fri, 3 Jun '22
Private dining room
Thu, 2 Jun '22
Tinker (with)
Sat, 5 Mar '22
Fix
Wed, 29 Dec '21
Pickle
Tue, 7 Dec '21
Snafu
Sun, 28 Nov '21
Evidence of disorderly conduct?
Mon, 15 Nov '21
Military cafeteria
Sun, 17 Oct '21
Pickle
Sat, 24 Jul '21
Can of worms
Sat, 26 Jun '21
Opposite of 25-Down