Origin of English word HOARDING

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The word HOARDING is addressed in the entry: HOARD

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Anglo-Saxon hordis loosely traced to Indo-European “root” (s)keu (to cover, conceal). The sense is good, but not the sound. A HOARD meant a storage place, then a secret place for treasure, etc. Similarly, a HOARDING implied a wooden fence. Like HURDLE, HOARDING and HOARD should rather be linked to Old French hourde (fence).

[K]HaRaD is a cupboard or closet. A #2-#3 letter swap uncovers  [K]HeDeR (chamber, room – a place to cry alone in Genesis 43:30, and a place to hide in IKings20:30) and GeDeR (fence - Numerals22:24). They fit the sound and sense more    successfully than skeu.


GiDayRaH is a sheepfold; [K]HayT is a fence. HUDDLE originally meant to put out of sight or HIDE, akin to HOARD.  OGaR (to hoard) might also be the source of an HR word for hoarding.

Some of the sounder alleged cognates at this Indo-European “root” include CUTICLE, -CYTE, HIDE and HUT (from French hutte, hut). But  [K]HeDeR (room) is a more logical and better-sounding source for a one-room structure like the English HUT or the words for “cabin” in Dutch (hut), Finnish (hytti)  and all Scandinavian (KJT or KHT)

If missing letters are prefererable to dropped ones in an etymon,

TAh (reverses to  HT). It is defined as “hut” in Ben-Yehudah, and means “ room or chamber” elsewhere.  In Akkadian ta’u     means “room.”

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