Hoard and horde: spelling tips to remember the difference
HOARD and HORDE: which is which? Learn the difference between these identical-sounding words.
HOARD and HORDE are easy to confuse. The fact that the two words sound the same – they’re homophones – means people commonly mix them up.
Here, I outline the difference between HOARD and HORDE.
When to use hoard
HOARD is a verb meaning to never throw anything away.
“I love to hoard old magazines.”
When to use horde
HORDE is a noun, meaning a crowd of people. It’s often used by the tabloid press in a negative way. It’s a little tenuous, but you can use this knowledge to remember which spelling you need, if you think of the word ordeal:
“She was chased out of the building by a horde of angry people. It was quite an ordeal.”