Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Zetic’ula, n. a small private room.

Word in the Wild: After sharing a room with her sister for the past 8 years, Annicka needed a place of her own to gather her thoughts and hide her diary. She claimed the front-hall closet for her zeticula and begged her dad to find somewhere else to put the mound of coats she’d left in the hallway.

The provenance of this one has me stumped. This word doesn’t appear in the OED and it isn’t in Merriam-Webster, either. I wonder if it’s at all related to zetetic—after all, it seems as if a zeticula would make good surroundings for a zetetic conducting important research.

Can anyone out there hazard a guess at where this word comes from? I’d love to know.

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