Wrong Word Wednesday #8

Every week I will demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the one intended. Sometimes this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence. Unfortunately, the mistake is usually so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television.

Hoard / Horde

This is one that gets confused so easily because the words are pronounced the same way and both refer to a collection or a group of something. The only real difference is that “hoard” refers to a collection of inanimate objects (noun), or the process of collection items (verb). “Horde” only refers to a group of people so it is always a noun.

The existence of gold hoards (noun) from Anglo-Saxon England is the result of Priests hoarding (verb) and then hiding their gold from the Viking hordes.

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