I am sure this one’s going to be a shocker. It was for me when my research first threw up such a possibility. There are words that we have used in India for ages. We have used them so frequently that we would find it difficult to believe it if someone were to tell us that such words actually do not exist.
We have all surely gone to catch a movie, only to be told that the show was houseful or perhaps told people ourselves how good a certain movie was that all shows were houseful. 🙂
Well, the thing is, if you try Googling ‘houseful’ on google.co.uk you would not find it used in the sense we use it (no more tickets available). The British would simply say ‘there are no more tickets available. It is a full house’.
So if houseful even a legitimate word? Well, yes. But only when you say something like, ‘We have got a houseful of visitors’ meaning to say that the house is currently full of visitors.