Difference: “Hoard” and “horde”

Both rhyme with `board’, `cord’, and `ford’.

When you hoard something, you store it away for future use. This is often done very secretively. The word is usually used to show disapproval.

Examples: “In our country, it is common practice among merchants to hoard rice especially when there is a shortage” * “Squirrels hoard nuts for the winter, and misers hoard money.”

Horde means a very large gathering of people. It is usually an excitable crowd, often unpleasant. Like `hoard’, this word is also used to show disapproval.

Example: “Hordes of fans went to the stadium to greet Sachin on his birthday.”

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – May 07, 2007 


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