A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

SAY

Fri, 13 May '22
Destiny's Child's "___ My Name"
Mon, 11 Apr '22
"___ Anything ..." (classic rom-com)
Wed, 9 Mar '22
Utter
Sun, 20 Feb '22
Perhaps
Mon, 25 Oct '21
"___ what?"
Sun, 20 Jun '21
In a manner of speaking
Fri, 21 May '21
Lead-in to a crazy idea
Thu, 4 Mar '21
For instance