Think fast. How do you spell the name of the television show where people have collected (or refused to throw away) mountains upon mountains of stuff?
Answer: The show’s name is “Hoarders.”
The decision of using “horde” vs. “hoard” often isn’t a matter of thought but rather a matter of whatever spills out onto one’s keyboard, but that ends here. It’s time to pick up after ourselves and put everything in its proper place—including our vowels in these two words.
- “Horde” is a noun, meaning a crowd, and it’s usually used with a negative connotation (e.g., a horde of angry shoppers on Black Friday).
- “Hoard” can be a noun, meaning a collection of something amassed for later use, or a verb, meaning the act of collecting and storing the aforementioned belongings.
Yes, they sound the same, but clean up your act, folks. Edit yourselves to get “horde” vs. “hoard” right.