Homophonic Words of the Week: Hoard and Horde

Ever felt the need to protect your hoard from a marauding horde? Today, I show you how…to get the spellings right, anyway.

I love a good homophone. That, just to clarify matters, is a word whose pronunciation is the same as another’s, but whose spelling and/or definition is different. If you’d like to familiarise yourself with the common British English homophones, you can find a list here. Visit the list and you’ll see that sometimes homophones occur as quadruplets, and frequently as triplets. For now, though, I’m keeping it simple. In this post we’ll examine a mere couplet of words with the same sound.

Today’s homophonic pair seems to present many writers with particular difficulties. Back when I was working as an academic writing mentor, I frequently encountered students who were confused about them. One spelling was often used when the other was intended, and things generally got a bit random. I’ve been thinking ever since then that there’s clearly a need for a definitive guide to their usage (ahem). So without further ado, here’s my little hoard/horde crib sheet, produced with reference to my invaluable Chambers Dictionary app.

  1. Hoard: your stash of chocolate or unhealthily large collection of out-of-date newspapers. Defined by Chambers as:
  2. Hoard - Definition from Chambers Dictionary AppHorde: those chaps who are hell-bent on coming over here to take our jobs. Or is it our state benefits? Actually, it’s probably both. After all, today’s qualified doctor spawns tomorrow’s generation of below-the-breadline, benefit-receiving arts graduates, right? But never mind all that. Here’s the definition:

Horde - Definition from Chambers Dictionary App

In short, you can be a hoarder all on your own, but to be part of a horde you need other people. But I’d better stop right now before this starts to sound even more like a motivational poster than it already does.

 

Lynn is the founder and quality-maven-in-chief of Lexis Writing, a collective of expert writers creating high quality content and copy for businesses in the UK and beyond.

Enjoyed this post? The fun doesn’t have to end here. Use the buttons below to connect with us on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *