I came across the word, ‘scooplet’ in a statement by a New York Times reporter in the "What we are reading" section (October 24). In it, Carolyn Ryan introduces Time Machine written by Kitty Kelley with this preamble:
The story setting off buzz in political circles right now is not a recent scooplet or Trump-driven feud. It is a newly unearthed 1974 profile of Joe Biden. The story is startlingly (and almost too) candid about Mr. Biden’s personal life after losing his wife and daughter in a car accident in 1972.
From the suffix, “let,” I can easily assume ‘scooplet’ means a small scoop, but I don’t find the word in English dictionaries at hand, nor in Oxford Dictionaries and Cambridge Online Dictionaries. GoogleNgram doesn't show this word.
Only www.wordnik answers “Sorry, no definition found,” instead showing an example:
There's been a mad dash to break these Marianne Gingrich scooplets, and the Washington Post has their own interview with Marianne Gingrich on the matter of this "open marriage.
Is "scooplet” a new or relatively recent word?
Though I understand "scoop" is basically a journalism-related term, can I use "scooplet” in a personal topic in such a way as "Tom, I have a scooplet about Betty’s new boyfriend” or “I got a scooplet that my boss received money under the table from subcontractors”?