One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
'Hoard' or 'horde'?
As a noun, hoard means 'a stockpile of something hidden away for future use', usually money or something valued:
Archaeologists found a hoard of treasures in an Egyptian tomb.
Hoard can also be used as a verb meaning 'to accumulate a large quantity of something', for example:
Fearing a natural disaster, he hoarded enough canned goods and bottled water to fill a large shed.
The noun horde describes (usually in a negative sense) a large group of people, as in:
The store was filled with hordes of people pushing and shoving to get at the sale items.
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