A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

CALI

Fri, 4 Mar '22
"Going Back to ___" (hip-hop classic)
Tue, 12 Oct '21
San Diego's state, informally
Fri, 26 Feb '21
It has its faults, informally
Tue, 29 Dec '20
The Golden State, familiarly