Angela’s ABCs: Words Often Confused – Horde and Hoard
Horde refers to a large crowd, mob, gang, throng or swarm. It is always a noun and applies to people and other living beings and often has an aggressive connotation:
- Hordes of reporters followed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their recent visit to NZ.
- The sheep were attacked by a horde of ravening wolves.
Hoard can be either a noun or a verb and is usually applied to things, often valuable things such as money, treasure or food.
The noun hoard refers to an accumulated store often hidden, or a supply of something that has been stored up and often hidden away
- In George Eliot’s story, Silas Marner, the main character becomes a miser who amasses a hoard of gold.
- Alcoholics tend to become expert at concealing their hoard of bottles.
The verb to hoard means to accumulate a store or cache, to collect and hide away or to keep something to oneself.
- After the war, it came to light that the Nazis had hoarded numerous works of art.
- When a haulage strike is threatened, people often start hoarding food in case supplies are affected.
- If you have a hoard of something, a horde of people might try to take it from you.