Collecting vs. Hoarding

I’ve been thinking about the difference between collecting and hoarding.

According to Webster, to collect something is to “gather together” that thing. As in, “I’m going to collect baseball cards.” Or, “The bank called and they want to collect our late mortgage payment.” It also has another definition; “calm and controlled.” As in, “After the mugger left he tried to remain collected and called the police.”
Also according to Webster, to hoard something is to “accumulate something and hide it away.” Or as a noun, “a supply stored up and hidden away.”
I’d like to add my own definitions to collect and hoard: To collect is to accumulate something which has meaning. To hoard is to search for meaning and in the process accumulate something.

4 thoughts on “Collecting vs. Hoarding

  1. Pingback: Why I Sold Half my Comic Book Collection (Collecting vs. Hoarding pt. 2) « Tell Better Stories

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