Tricky Horde/Hoard

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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!  

horde hoard hoarder asked Aug 28 '13 at 03:57 Chantal New member

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Also, usually horde is used as a noun: There is a horde of people in that room.

link comment answered Aug 28 '13 at 13:02 Geannene Ledbetter Contributor
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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?   

link comment answered Aug 28 '13 at 04:49 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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