The glance command allows you to see the short description, also known as short name.
glance Take a quick look at the room you're currently in. glance exit <exit> Take a quick look through an exit. glance [at|in] <object> Take a quick look at something. glance here Take a quick look at the room you're currently in. glance <exit> Take a quick look through an exit.
You can just use glance, or just g, alone to see the room's short name.
You can also use it on exits to see the surrounding rooms, but if there's a door it will show you the door instead.
You can also use it on an object to see its short name, the one displayed on the room description or in the output of inventory.
glance Discworld player help glance Name glance - Quick description of the room or an object. Syntax glance glance at <thing> Description Glance is to be used to look at something briefly without being noticed and without going through the long description. See also brief, look, verbose.