Horde or Hoard? I looked up the definition of horde and hoard, but the definitions didn’t help me to decide which one to use. Horde- a big group or number, a multitude (all the examples were about people) and Hoard- a supply or accumulation that is hidden or kept (the example was for silver)…. I actually looked it up because I thought one was a noun and one was a verb but actually they both can be both. The sentence is : "Because of the Great Depression, some elderly individuals keep a horde/horde of things to be used again. From yogurt cups to the inside plastic bags in a box of cereal to the twisties from the tops of bags of bread, what you see as no value is a reusable commodity to these survivors." So is horde only for people, but then I don’t understand the name of the tv show Hoarders, because that is about people who have accumulated a lot of stuff!
You almost got to the answer, Chantal. When you what to describe something a person does, you often take the verb and add "er" to the end of a word. Someone who paints is a painter. A person who swims is a swimmer. One who thinks is a thinker. So, now let's look at the verb form of each word. To horde means to gather a group of people or sometimes animals. To hoard means to gather a bunch of stuff. So a hoarder is a person who gathers a bunch of stuff. A horder is a person who gathers a group of people or animals. The people on those show sometimes sadly have collected a good number of cats or rats, but mostly they have collected a bunch of stuff. Does that make sense?
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