A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

LEAR

Wed, 25 May '22
King of English theater
Mon, 7 Feb '22
Shakespearean king
Mon, 11 Oct '21
Titular Shakespearean king
Sun, 30 May '21
King of Shakespeare
Wed, 14 Apr '21
King quoted as saying "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!"
Thu, 28 Jan '21
Shakespeare character who says "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!"